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Winnipeg Blue Bombers to Begin FieldTurf Installation

CFL Team will move into new home in 2013 and play on new FieldTurf Revolution surface

Winnipeg, Canada, October 04, 2012 --( The Winnipeg Blue Bombers are joining the revolution! Team officials have announced that the playing surface at Investors Group Field will be FieldTurf Revolution. Installation of the turf surface will begin this week. This new, state-of-the-art facility will be home to both the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers, and the CIS University of Manitoba Bisons.

“We’re looking forward to the move to Investors Group Field, especially to our new FieldTurf Revolution surface,” said Blue Bombers President and CEO Garth Buchko. “Many of our peers in the Canadian Football League play on FieldTurf surfaces, and we feel with this installation it puts us on an even playing field. This product is proven throughout the industry to be one of the best, and we look forward to seeing it deliver results in our great city.”

FieldTurf will be a welcome addition to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, especially in the cold winter months when the CFL Playoffs are played. Snowy climates don’t affect FieldTurf, and the product delivers the same performance features and easy maintenance even in the toughest times. With the University of Manitoba also playing its home games at the venue, usage rates will be high – however FieldTurf is built strong to withstand high frequency of games played on it without any wear and tear.

FieldTurf Revolution is one of the most innovative products in the artificial turf industry. The FieldTurf Revolution fiber is a result of cutting edge science, engineering, and technology that provides customers with a soft yet strong monofilament fiber that’s been designed for high durability and performance.

“The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a strong history and we’re proud that FieldTurf will be part of their new home,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “With FieldTurf Revolution, Investors Group Field will rival the best stadiums in the country, and offer the Bombers a safe and high performing surface to excel on.”

In the CFL, FieldTurf is the clear surface of choice. This list also includes the Montreal Alouettes, Saskatchewan Roughriders, Edmonton Eskimos and the Calgary Stampeders. FieldTurf also has an influence in CIS Football with just under 10 teams playing their home games on FieldTurf. In addition to many Canadian facilities, multiple NFL teams use FieldTurf including the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions, New York Giants/Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks and Indianapolis Colts.

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 15,000 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. The positive environmental impact of FieldTurf provides the added benefit of LEED building contributions.

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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About the Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have won the Canadian Football League Grey Cup championship 10 times, most recently in 1990. The team has a consistent and loyal fan base with a passion for the blue and gold. Investors Group Field, the future home of the Bombers, will open in 2013 on the campus of the University of Manitoba. The stadium will be capable of hosting large-scale, sports and entertainment events as well as more intimate gatherings. Seating capacity will be 33,500, with the ability of the stadium to expand to more than 40,000 seats.
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