Hellas Construction, turf provider to teams such as the Dallas Cowboys, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Miami Dolphins, has laid synthetic softball and baseball playing surfaces at Royse City in Texas.
Hellas Matrix turf, which emulates natural grass using monofilament fibers, has been installed at the softball and baseball fields in Royse City, part of the Royse City Independent School District (ISD), and will enable the Bulldogs to play and practice in adverse weather conditions.
Its Helix technology has twisted fibers that provide structure, strength and performance as well as a natural look and feel that, importantly, is said to deliver a true roll and prevent errant bounce.
“To know that you probably won’t get that bad hop that hits you in the teeth or in the eye, will help an infielder with their fielding confidence,” said Lee Kuyrkendall, Lady Bulldogs softball head coach.
The Matrix turf will also help Royce City reduce maintenance costs, which come with having natural grass and clay. Yet, despite being an artificial turf, the teams were still able to feature ‘mowing’ patterns.
The softball and baseball fields in Royse City have alternating panels of Matrix turf. The state of Texas logo in center field for softball includes an intimidating bulldog. Royse City baseball coaches decided to go with a more traditional RC in cursive lettering in center field.
Hellas and Royse City ISD came up with the field design and the Hellas manufacturing plants in Alabama and Georgia, along with the Hellas construction crews, made it a reality.