When Florida A&M University kicked off their season against Fort Valley State on September 1 (and won), there was something very different about Bragg Memorial Stadium. After 60 years of playing on natural grass, the Rattlers are now competing on a premium artificial turf system made possible by many great partners and supporters of the university.
One such great partner is The Dow Chemical Company, who has generously provided a $20,000 sponsorship toward the purchase of the new AstroTurf playing surface. This sponsorship is another great opportunity that arose through Dow’s relationship with and continued support of FAMU.
“At Dow, we are honored to grant this sponsorship to FAMU, an institution that strives for excellence each and every day through academics and athletics,” said Eunice Heath, global director for Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability at Dow Consumer Solutions, and Executive Sponsor for FAMU. “Dow is a leader in innovating, enhancing and enabling world-class sports solutions that harness the power of science and technology to help improve performance, aesthetics, safety, sustainability and so many other aspects of the game. We’re thrilled to contribute to the improvement of Bragg Memorial Stadium and the Rattler athletic program.”
The field itself is an AstroTurf RootZone 3D3 Blend synthetic turf system and features the RootZone, a sub-layer of crimped fibers that stabilizes the infill and increases shock absorbency and predictability for players. With cutting edge technology and a dense product design, the Rattlers’ field is a top-of-the-line selection that is stronger, safer, better and more resilient.
“We’re committed to bringing top-notch facilities here at FAMU and I think this is the first step in a long line of upgrades to our beloved Bragg Stadium that will show the students, alumni, fans, and prospective student-athletes that we want to compete on a national level and we are working to have the facilities to back it up,” said FAMU Head Coach Willie Simmons.
For athletes and sport enthusiasts, AstroTurf® has redefined the way the game is played. The brand offers advanced, state-of-the-art, multi-sport and specialized synthetic turf systems with proprietary engineered technologies. A growing number of high schools, colleges, professional sports teams and municipalities continue to select AstroTurf-branded products for their premium quality, technical superiority, and safety. To learn more, visit AstroTurf’s website at www.astroturf.com.