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Super Bowl XLVI Marks Second Time That NFL Championship Will be Decided on FieldTurf

Super Bowl XLVI to be played on FieldTurf at Lucas Oil Stadium; both New England Patriots and New York Giants play home games on FieldTurf

Montreal, Canada, January 26, 2012 --( The New England Patriots and New York Giants will face off in Super Bowl XLVI, set to take place at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Sunday, February 5. The stadium’s surface is FieldTurf, and the event marks the second time the Super Bowl will be played on FieldTurf (also Super Bowl XL at Detroit’s Ford Field). Both the Patriots (Gillette Stadium) and Giants (MetLife Stadium) play their home games on FieldTurf.

These same two teams played in Super Bowl XLIII when the Giants won the Lombardi Trophy and ended the Patriots’ hope for an undefeated season. With the rematch set to take place on the FieldTurf in Indianapolis, this year’s Super Bowl is one of the most anticipated championship games in recent memory.

“It’s going to be a special week for FieldTurf, with the Patriots and Giants each practicing on the FieldTurf at both Lucas Oil Stadium and at the University of Indianapolis leading up to the Super Bowl,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “Of course, both of those teams play their home games on FieldTurf. To not only have the game played on FieldTurf, but to have the two Super Bowl participants be long-time FieldTurf supporters, it means a lot to our company and is a major source of pride for each and every FieldTurf employee. We wish both the Giants and Patriots the best of luck and hope for yet another classic game between these two teams.”

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) releases their ranking of NFL stadium fields every two years. For the tenth consecutive year, FieldTurf emerged as the leader among all artificial turf brands in the 2010 NFL Players Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey. An impressive three out of the league’s top four artificial surfaces were FieldTurf fields. Of the 31 NFL stadium fields rated by the players, FieldTurf's Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts, was ranked as the league’s best artificial surface for the second consecutive time. This marked the fifth consecutive survey and the tenth year in a row that one of FieldTurf’s fields has owned the top position as the best artificial surface in the NFL.

The Patriots and Giants have had tremendous success playing their home games on FieldTurf. New England quarterback Tom Brady boasts an impressive 41-6 record at Gillette Stadium since the installation of FieldTurf – a remarkable .872 winning percentage.

“It's (FieldTurf) always nice,” said Brady in a 2006 press conference. “I think the quarterbacks like it (FieldTurf) because you can plant really well. It's different than playing out there in our (old) sand pit because you can dig in and push off. I think everybody really likes the surface.”

Giants quarterback Eli Manning has thrown for 4845 yards, 30 touchdowns, and only 18 interceptions since moving to the new stadium in 2010.

Both of these stars will look to continue their success on FieldTurf at Lucas Oil Stadium on Super Bowl Sunday.

Super Bowl XL was held on the FieldTurf at Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, and marked the first time that the NFL’s championship game was played on an infilled artificial surface. In that game, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10.

About FieldTurf

FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 7000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 20,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real.

FieldTurf is part of Tarkett Sports, a Division of the Tarkett Group. Tarkett Sports is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. Included within the Tarkett Sports portfolio is an impressive range of performance sports flooring products. This product range includes: synthetic and hardwood basketball; volleyball and gymnasium flooring; squash and racquetball courts; floor protection and covering systems; weight room flooring; and high performance indoor and outdoor running tracks, featuring Beynon and Atlas track surfaces. All Tarkett Sports surfaces are developed, produced and installed with a concentration on sustainability and a commitment to protecting the environment, providing additional LEED contribution opportunities for customers. The company calls this focus on sustainability and the environment ‘Environmental Intelligence’ and all company personnel strive to exemplify this philosophy in all aspects of the business.

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