Building the Dream
The new football field has a Sportexe Momentum artificial turf surface
laid down over a gravel bed with an advanced drainage system. After the substrate was installed,
the turf was rolled out in 10-yard-wide lengths stretching across the field. Each section was stitched
to its neighbor with a special mobile sewing machine, and then stretched, smoothed, and trimmed to
await the installation of the next section. The five-yard lines were prefabricated in the strips;
the one-yard markers and logos were stitched and glued by hand into spaces cut out of the green turf.
Finally the “grass carpet” was
impregnated with a mixture of rubber granules and sand for added resiliance and traction. (The
granules can be seen in the band photo on the opposite page as dark shading in the grey and white letters
of the word moravian; they will work their way down into the turf with time and use.)
Super X track is a natural rubber surface with a geometrically molded bottom layer, prefabricated
in Mondo’s Italian factory to the exact specs of the site and installed over a macadam substrate.
Olympic 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin described using it in Athens in 2004 as “like running
Above, left to right, the view from the grandstand
as the strips of turf are laid down across the field, the unrolling of a section, and the stitching
of a new section to its neighbor. Bottom, greyhounds being installed in the end zone; the
letters are held down with weights until the glue dries.