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University of Pittsburgh Installs UBU Sports Synthetic Turf System on Football Practice Field

Panthers to practice on the same synthetic turf surface preferred by 14 NFL teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Pittsburgh, PA, June 25, 2016 --( UBU Sports®, the premier provider of synthetic turf systems that optimize performance and maximize safety, recently completed installing its scientifically advanced Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system at one of the two outdoor football practice fields at the University of Pittsburgh. Its other outdoor practice field will remain grass.

“From a feasibility standpoint in terms of weather and being able to stay out there in all conditions, which allows our team to be the best they can be, a synthetic turf practice field made a lot of sense,” said Chris LaSala, Assistant Athletic Director – Football Operations at the University of Pittsburgh, noting that the football team would encounter dew on the grass during early morning practices in late October and November. The new synthetic turf field, according to LaSala, will alleviate some of the stress on the remaining grass field, allowing the Panthers football team to spend more time on it than in previous years.

The new field extends the University of Pittsburgh’s relationship with UBU Sports as the Panthers football team also practices on a state-of-the-art UBU Sports surface at the indoor practice facility it shares with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system is the same surface that 14 NFL teams either practice or play on. It was recently installed at U.S. Bank Stadium, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings.

“The relationship, the professionalism and the knowledge and research that UBU Sports has, along with the experience UBU Sports has in the industry, was a huge factor for us,” LaSala said.

The scientifically advanced Speed Series S5-M synthetic turf system features Harmony slit-film fiber and a mixture of resilient particles and sand infill that ensures a fast, firm, safe and durable playing surface. The Speed Series incorporates ISO Grid fiber spacing ensuring consistent playability throughout the field, and features a dynamic multiple layer ARMOURWEAVE backing system that ensures dimensional stability and long-lasting seams.

“We are proud to expand our partnership with such a great institution,” said UBU Sports Regional Manager Libby Raymond. “The University of Pittsburgh is committed to providing its student-athletes with the safest and best-performing surface in the industry to help ensure the greatest success for its storied football program.”

UBU Sports is a leading brand of synthetic turf surfaces for use in a variety of sporting events, including football, baseball, field hockey, soccer, rugby and lacrosse. UBU Sports’ fields serve as Ground Gear for Athletes with teams ranging from professional franchises (New York Giants, New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos), collegiate and major indoor arena leagues to local high schools and municipalities. UBU Sports incorporates superior science and industry leading technology into each surface providing the ultimate Ground Gear for Athletes.

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