Sports Field Construction & Maintenance: GHG ProXstablishment System York University

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01 Aug 2015
The athletic field at York University in Toronto hosted the track and field events for the Pan Am Games 2015. Greenhorizons Sod Farms were brought on board to take care of the ‘field’ side of things. This was due to the companies vast experience with other projects, including BMO Field and the Rogers Centre.

“We built the field up to an extreme quality level so that it would be at its peak for the sporting events,” said Steve Schiedel, Greenhorizons CEO. "By the time we were done with it, the field was up to FIFA natural grass profile standards." Divots Happen!

Divots, the little chunks of grass and soil that get cut out of the turf during sporting events, are always a challenge. When it’s time for a javelin throw, shot put, or hammer throw, it’s not that divots 'may' happen; they’re going to happen.

While the Pan AM Games were in full swing, volunteers would help fix the divots which the specialty top soil that Greenhorizons provided. This helped keep the field in optimum performing shape during the games. In addition Greenhorizons Sod Farms had staff out every other day during the event, managing the watering of the field, grooming it, mowing it, and getting it ready for the day’s events. Staff were there at 3 a.m. to do the maintenance work and then would be off the field by 730 AM so the Games could resume.

The field was also used for the opening ceremonies for the Parapan AM Games. "A false floor was installed on the field, and as soon as the floor came up, our staff was on hand to have a look to see what we needed to do to get the field back into tip-top shape. Everybody absolutely loved it. We had rave reviews from the coaches, the athletes, everyone!” Steve said.

Scope of work at York University included GHG Ultimate Sports Turf System on Engineered sand growing medium. Project included GHG ProXstablishment system, pre installation logistics and post installation maintenance up to and including wintering the field.
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