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El Dorado YMCA / Middle School Field Nears Completion!

March 3, 2014

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Country Superstars Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood Are Frequent Visitors At Owasso Football Games!

September 9, 2013

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood are Owasso Rams supporters! Owasso plays on RamTurf artificial turf.
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Turf field should be complete by July

March 19, 2013

Click here to read the full story in the Rolla Daily News.

Trinity Academy Breaks Ground on State of the Art Athletic Improvements

October 15, 2012

ATG Sports is proud to be a part of the Trinity Academy Stadium Project. “We are excited to have ATG as our Contractor on the Trinity project. I appreciate the personal involvement of Paul Driver, Owner of ATG, and his staff in ensuring that we are getting exactly what we want. Relationships are important to us here at Trinity and that’s what we desire from those we are working with. We see that as a core value of ATG,” said Matt Brewer, Head Master of Trinity Academy.

Trinity Academy is building multiple state of the art athletic facilities. This work will include mass excavation, a football and running track stadium, renovations to the current baseball facility, a new softball facility, and two new parking lots. The facility will include many state of the art features, including: block seating, a RamTurf synthetic field, a Joske running track, lighting, and landscaping which includes the Walk of Faith with a view out of the buildings and a three acre pond.

Groundbreaking took place on August 16, 2012 and the project is scheduled for completion in fall of 2013. 

South County Times Features Story On SLSG & ATG Sports.

August 10, 2012

Click here to read the full story at South County Times website.

ATG Is Awarded Turf Project In Kearney MO

June 14, 2012

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Omaha Skutt set to open synthetic turf field in fall

May 4, 2012

Read the story from the Omaha World Herald by clicking here.

Turf Replacement at McPherson Stadium

March 27, 2012

ATG is mentioned in the McPherson Sentinel. Read the article here.

Suburban Journal Publishes Story Regarding Collinsville Turf

January 12, 2012

Collinsville turf is almost complete. Read about it on the Suburban Journal website by clicking here.

Collinsville Updates Are Listed At Suburban Journal

December 15, 2011

To see images of the Collinsville progress, click here.

Vandalia High School Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For Running Track

December 1, 2011

As reported at http://www.leaderunion.com. Click here to read about it. 

Lou Fusz Website Devotes Section to Artificial Turf News

September 30, 2011

To view Lou Fusz website, click here.

Lou Fusz Soccer Complex Holds Grand Opening

September 21, 2011

ATG has recently completed installaiton of two soccer fields for the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex. Read the article by clicking here.

ATG Selected As Contractor For The Collinsville, IL Project

September 21, 2011

ATG Sports has been selected from nine companies as the contractor for the Collinsville, IL project. Click here to read the full article.

Lou Fusz Soccer Complex gets state of the art Ramturf fields

May 2, 2011

Maryland Heights, MO. April 30, 2011, - A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Saturday, April 30th at 10 a.m. to begin the construction of 2 Ramturf, full size soccer fields at the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex at 2155 Creve Coeur Mill Road in Maryland Heights.  ATG Sports Industries, Inc. is proud to work on this venture and to be a part of transforming this state-of-the-art soccer complex for the St. Louis community.  The elite soccer complex features 2 synthetic turf fields, with ATG Sports own product, Ramturf, and with lighting that will be used for tournament play and draw many high profile events to the area.  When the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex updates are completed in August of 2011, they look forward to hosting local, regional and national events. 

Founded in 1993, Lou Fusz Jr., a prominent St. Louis businessman and owner of the widely recognized Lou Fusz Automotive Network family hired Don Popovic, an internationally known former professional soccer player and coach, to form the first Lou Fusz Soccer team.  Today, the Lou Fusz Soccer Club encompasses over 120 teams in both the St. Louis metro area and in southern Illinois and it exists to provide a fun, competitive environment for young athletes to play soccer. 

ATG Sports Industries, Inc. has collaborated with the Lou Fusz Soccer Club to bring these all weather fields to the area and to update their current 66-acres of training facilities.  The Lou Fusz Soccer Club wants to bring excitement to the St. Louis soccer community with the addition of these artificial turf fields which is why they partnered with ATG Sports. 
ATG Sports has installed numerous Ramturf fields across Missouri and Illinois high schools and many other midwest states, and also installed turf in 2008 at the Overland Park Soccer Complex.  Don Bolinger, President of Construction Services for ATG Sports says “these fields will be a great place, serving children in the St. Louis metro area and all over the country.  We are thrilled to work with such a wonderful organization, the Lou Fusz Soccer Club.”

Lou Fusz Jr. reflects on today’s groundbreaking ceremony.  “The value of the new turf fields is tremendous, adding so many more days of practice and play to our complex with the all-weather surfacing.” Don Popovic, the Executive Director of the Lou Fusz Soccer Club spoke about this exciting venture.  “I am truly excited, almost like I am reborn. 
I love soccer and will enjoy watching the kids learning and enjoying the game of soccer on these new fields.  The Lou Fusz Soccer Program is known all over the country.  This is just another example of Lou Fusz Jr.’s dedication to the community and youth sports in the St. Louis area.” Dave Geerling, another board member added “Lou Fusz Jr.’s commitment to youth soccer is second to none.”

The design will conserve 100,000 gallons of water per week and will be built using 100% recycled rubber.  Synthetic turf, like Ramturf, is not only environmentally friendly but will virtually eliminate cancellations due to weather. The fields are designed to drain several inches of rain per hour to allow safe use during and immediately after heavy rain fall whereas natural grass could not.

When finished, the Ramturf fields at the Lou Fusz Soccer Complex will have 200,000 square feet of turf filled with 600,000 pounds of recycled rubber.  ATG Sports is proud to be part of developing environmentally green products. 

Lou Fusz Soccer Club is looking forward to working with ATG Sports to take their soccer complex to the next level.

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Please check out our websites to see updated event schedules and see construction progress.

ATG Sports Has Been Selected To Install Field and Track at De Soto, MO.

April 26, 2011

ATG Sports has been selected as subcontractor to install a RamTurf field and Joske running track in De Soto, Mo. Read the full article by clicking here.

ATG Sports Industries Chosen as Contractor by City of Wichita for Lawrence-Dumont Stadium

March 2, 2011

In a neck and neck race with the competition, ATG Sports has pulled ahead once again, and was chosen as the Contractor for the artificial turf replacement at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium in Wichita, KS.

The City of Wichita accepted bids for the project and then narrowed it down to four companies.  ATG, along with three competitors had an opportunity to present to the City committee before they made a final decision.

ATG has hit the ground running on the Lawrence-Dumont Stadium Artificial Turf Project.  ATG was advised of the award of the contract on Wednesday, February 16, 2011.  A pre construction meeting was held on Thursday, February 17, and demolition began early Tuesday morning, February 22.  The project is scheduled for completion on or before April 30, 2011. 

Upon completion, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium will have state of the art RamTurf Baseball Monofilament on both the infield and outfield.

Lawrence-Dumont Stadium is located at 300 S. Sycamore in Wichita, KS. It is home to the Wichita Wingnuts independent professional baseball team. It also hosts the NBC World Series in region six as well as the Kansas state high school baseball tournaments.  Lawrence-Dumont Stadium is attended by over 300,000 visitors each year.

ATG Sports Industries is located at 317 E. Commerce in Andover, KS.  ATG has completed hundreds of nationwide projects, as well as many local projects.  Some of the more notable local projects include Maize High School, Derby High School, Rose Hill High School, Haysville High School, Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Kapaun Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, as well as the YMCA Boys and Girls Club. ATG was founded by current CEO Paul Driver in 1981. ATG specializes in synthetic turf, running tracks and sports stadium construction.

Read about the project by clicking here.

Greater Wichita YMCA South Branch Turf Field Progressing Nicely

February 25, 2011

ATG Sports is progressing quickly on the Greater Wichita YMCA South turf project. The South YMCA will receive Ramturf Monofilament upon completion.  The field is a multipurpose football and soccer field.

ATG is about to begin installing rock, which is the last step prior to installing the RamTurf.  The project is scheduled to be completed in March.

This is the second field ATG has installed for Greater Wichita YMCA.  ATG installed the field at the North YMCA in 2008.  ATG is very excited to be involved with the YMCA as they are a long time supporter of the YMCA programs.

ATG Stays Busy During Winter Months

February 2, 2011

ATG has been steadily busy during these winter months.  This is, in part, by the recent awards of the Simoneau Sports Performance Center, Parkway, Coweta, O’Fallon Baseball and the South YMCA projects. 

The Parkway School project was awarded to ATG on December 8, 2010.  This is the largest synthetic turf project to be done in the St Louis area and consists of four all purpose fields.  ATG is honored to have been selected as the contractor for this project, and all others currently in process.

ATG reports that all summer projects were completed on time, with the majority of them being completed ahead of schedule.  It is this momentum that keeps ATG on top of the competition!

ATG Sports Is Awarded Parkway School District Turf Project

December 10, 2010

On Monday, December 8, the Parkway School Board voted to award their turf project to ATG Sports.  This is the largest synthetic turf project to be done in the St Louis area and consists of four all purpose fields.  The high schools to receive the fields are Central, North, South and West.  The fields will be ATG’s RamTurf M fiber.  Work is scheduled to begin in the Spring of 2011 and be complete for the 2011 - 2012 school year.

ATG would like to thank the Parkway School Board, the turf committee and the Director of Athletics, Mike Gohn for all the diligent work!

Parkway School District Approves New Playing Surface For High School Athletic Fields

December 10, 2010

At its December 8 meeting, the Parkway Board of Education approved the purchase of synthetic turf for four high school athletic fields. Funding for the project will be provided from 2008 bond funds designated for athletic field improvements. The lowest and best of five vendor bids was submitted by ATG Sports and approved at a cost of $2.86 million.

ATG Sports has installed 13 synthetic turf fields in the St. Louis area including Festus High School, Francis Howell High School, Jefferson R7 School District, Crystal City, Hermann School District, Saint Francis Borgia and Edwardsville High School. Other St. Louis area schools with synthetic turf fields include Kirkwood, Mehlville School District, Hillsboro, St. Charles, CBC and St. Louis University High.

“We’re delighted that we will soon have fields that can host an unlimited number of activities including girls lacrosse, field hockey, PE classes, band practices and concerts, and greater opportunities for the community to use the fields when they are not being used by our students,” said Parkway Director of Activities and Athletics Mike Gohn. 

After voters approved an $87 million bond issue for capital improvements in November 2008, an interdisciplinary committee was formed to research and compare natural grass and various types of synthetic turf. After many months of research, the committee recommended pursuing the conversion of Parkway’s four high school playing fields to synthetic turf for the following reasons:

Establish a safe playing field that can be utilized 24/7.
Increase the amount of field usage by over 800 percent. 
Allow equal access to stadium fields for all athletic participants.
Allow outside groups to rent fields when not in use.
Provide additional teaching facilities for physical education.
Provide adequate and equal facilities for football, soccer, lacrosse and field hockey.
Provide an all-weather surface for band practices and contests.
Reduce wear and tear on secondary fields.
Allow for an all-weather playing surface.
Create more efficient use of facilities and reduce cost per use.
Allow fewer sub-varsity games to be cancelled due to weather.
Enhance after-school athletics, physical education and fine arts programs by allowing additional access to stadium fields.

Construction will begin this spring and all four fields are expected to be completed by the beginning of the 2011-12 school year.

Click here to read this story on the Parkway School District website.

ATG Sports Is Awarded Project At Oolagah - Talala Public Schools

November 9, 2010

On Monday, November 8, Oolagah - Talala Public Schools voted unanimously to award their track and turf project to ATG Sports Industries, Inc.  The project includes a Joske SP running track and a RamTurf football field.  Work is expected to begin soon. 

ATG Welcomes Newest Family Member

October 19, 2010

Congratulations to Travis Ross and wife Christine.  Brooks Christian Ross arrived in the world at 4:51 a.m. on October 16, 2010. He was delivered at Columbia Regional Hospital, in Columbia, MO. Brooks is the first child for Travis and Christine. Brooks, and Mom are doing very well.  Travis is a project superintendent for ATG out of the Herculaneum office. Click_Here_To_View_Image_of_Mom,_Dad_and_Brooks.jpg

Hoisington Prepares for New Turf

June 22, 2010

HOISINGTON — The grass is looking greener in Hoisington. Actually, the grass at Elton Brown Field will soon be replaced with RamTurf, a synthetic material installed by ATG Sports Industries, Inc. (ATG) of Andover. Members from the USD 431 School Board, Hoisington Recreation Commission (HRC), and several others were in attendance for Monday’s groundbreaking ceremony at the field.

“We want to thank everyone involved,” ATG’s Steven Young told the crowd. “We want to thank the school board, the coach, the athletic director, Hoisington Recreation Commission, and anyone else that I’m not mentioning.”

Construction on the new turf will begin in August, and will include 3,000 tons of limestone, 490,000 pounds of recycled crumb rubber, and 460,000 ounces of fiber. ATG secured the bid at $509,000, and was able to give Hoisington a lower price because it will already be in the area installing the fields at Barton Community College.

Young said the new surface will not only help Hoisington High School, but the entire community.

“This is not just a school project,” Young said. “Any time I go anywhere in the country, I always tell the school it’s not just a school project. It’s a community project. You get the youth involved. Little kids come out here, and eventually they’re going to be in high school. You want everyone to be involved because it makes the kid and the town proud of the product they’re playing on and facilities they’re playing on.”

ATG is known nationwide, and will also be completing work for the Oklahoma Sooner football team.

“We’ve been in business for 30 years under the same name and same owners,” said Young. “We have the largest synthetic soccer complex in the United States located in Overland Park. One of our latest projects we’re involved in is the University of Oklahoma football field. We’re doing their practice facility. We were selected out of everyone in the country to do that. That’s a feather in our cap. They’re going to get the same product we’re putting on this field. We treat all of our customers the same.”

Despite the initial costs, the district and community should save an estimated $20-25,000 a year on water, fertilizer, seed, and maintenance.

“We were actually looking at a major overhaul since the tornado, so that’s going to save us,” former superintendent Bill Lowry said. “We’re going to do away with our practice field, too, so we won’t have any upkeep on it.”

Several entities are paying for the upgrade, including the HRC, USD 431, and the community.

“We wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t feel we had backing from the community,” Lowry said. “The Hoisington Recreation Commission has put in a major portion to help this out. I’ve also had major contributions. We’re going to try and pay for half of this through the community. They’ve said verbally they would help me do that, so I really think that’s going to come about.”

Cardinal football coach and activities director Lonnie Irvin said his team will practice and play on the new surface.

“I think it’s monumental,” said Irvin. “The kids are really looking forward to it. We’re getting more kids in the weight room, and there’s a buzz around the city. Mr. Lowry had done a great job of promoting this and getting this for us, which we needed. Our field has not been in very good shape since the tornado. I really think this is something that can possibly get a few kids over here. It’s sort of a recruiting tool as well.”

The turf should also offer a safer playing surface than traditional grass.

“Injury-wise, it’s probably a plus for us because there is a lot less tendency to have injuries on this stuff compared to grass,” Irvin said.

The new surface will feature red endzones with white lettering and black borders, and the Cardinal logo in the middle, and will benefit other programs at Hoisington High, as well as the community.

“We can do so many more things out here now,” said Lowry. “Band can practice out here now and it will not be muddy. My P.E. classes can come out here. We can host all kinds of other events if they want to come out there and do things. I just think it’s big for the school and big for the community.”

Click here for full story at http://www.GBtribune.com

MAJOR BASEBALL GAMES TO COME TO NEOSHO COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

June 8, 2010

(CHANUTE, KS) – June 8, 2010 – Chicago White Sox select ATG Sports Industries, Inc RamTurf for the Area Code Games, hosted by Neosho County Community College. Coach Murry said “I would like to thank Chicago White Sox Area Scout, Clay Overcash for the opportunity; we look forward to showing off our new RamTurf baseball field.” ATG Sports Industries, Inc. installed RamTurf – Baseball, engineered specifically for baseball ball speed, bounce, infield play, and performance in February of this year. ATG Sports Industries, Inc. would like to congratulate Coach Murry and Neosho County Community College for being selected for this prestige event and wishes all the athletes good luck. 

For more information, visit the official website at http://www.areacodebaseball.com.

Founded in 1980 by Paul Driver, ATG Sports Industries, Inc. (originally named American Track Graphics) striped athletic running tracks, football fields and tennis courts. Realizing there was a great demand for qualified manufacturers and installers, ATG rapidly expanded into sports surfacing.

Paul Driver started ATG Sports with one uncompromising rule. This rule is to manufacture and install the best athletic surfacing with the longest life span and least maintenance possible. This philosophy was true in 1984 when ATG Sports built the Wichita State University track and is still true today.

ATG Sports has numerous top quality installations in three Countries at top Universities, Colleges, Junior Colleges, Community Colleges, Private Schools and School Districts. The success of ATG Sports is largely based on its continuous research and development of new ideas, products and installation methods. The results of this work have improved our products while reducing the cost to the consumer. Some of the surfaces are less expensive today than they were 10 years ago.

A Brand New Addition To The ATG Family

May 24, 2010

Congratulations to Don & Rhiannon Bolinger, who work out of ATG’s Herculaneum office.  They welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world on May 12, 2010.  Makaelynn weighed in at 6 pounds and 6 ounces and is 19 1/4” long.  Congratulations again to Dad, Mom & Baby!  Makaelynn.jpg

ATG Wins Two Contracts In One Day!

April 30, 2010

ATG Sports was awarded two contracts on Thursday April 29. 

The first was Deer Creek Public Schools, which was announced at a special board meeting at noon in Edmond, OK.  Deer Creek is a turf and track project.  They will receive a Joske SW running track and RamTurf UV playing field.  The second was Oklahoma University practice facility.  It is an all turf project.  OU will receive a RamTurf UV practice field.

ATG congratulates both schools on their construction projects which will soon be state of the art facilities!

ATG Sports Awarded Contract At Saint Francis Borgia!

April 23, 2010

On Friday, April 16, St. Francis Borgia voted unanimously to award their track and turf project to ATG Sports Industries.  The project includes a Joske SP running track and a RamTurf UV football field.  Work is expected to begin soon. 

ATG Sports Is Awarded the Contract For Shawnee High School Track

April 9, 2010

ATG Sports has been awarded the contract for the Shawnee high school running track project.  ATG Sports will be a subcontractor to Homeland General Contractors, LLC. ATG Sports will be installing the Joske SW system. 

Shawnee Oklahoma is located approximately 200 miles south of ATG’s corporate offices in Andover Kansas.

ATG Sports Noted in Jefferson County Leader

March 29, 2010

Football, track facility scheduled to open by April 28
Jefferson County Leader
03/28/2010

Don Bollinger of ATG Sports, Andover, Kan., told the Jefferson R-7 School District’s Board of Education at its March 22 meeting that the construction of the football-track facility in front of Danby-Rush Tower Middle School should be complete by April 28.

The board approved buying a used scoreboard from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington for $19,640.00

The amount had been approved by the board in January to allow ATG to run electricity across the field from the coaches box to the site identified for a scoreboard and for two play clocks.

Bollinger told the board that the 10 year old Nevco scoreboard includes the play clocks and all other necessary equipment and wiring and installation.

Bollinger said if the district were to buy the scoreboard new, it would cost about $33,000.

He said Borgia is replacing the scoreboard because it has accepted the donation of a new scoreboard as part of its new football stadium.

The board voted unanimously to authorize Bollinger to proceed with the purchase.

A dedication ceremony for the facility has been scheduled for May 8.

Eudora Schools Announce The Selection of ATG as General Contractor

March 19, 2010

Board votes to construct district stadium
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
All six members of the Eudora Board of Education voted last night to proceed with construction of a new district stadium, the final facility voters approved in the November 2007 bond. The stadium will be built in the field west of Eudora High School to accommodate the soccer, football and track teams, as well as marching band and physical education classes.

ATG Sports, an Andover, Kan.-based firm, will design and build the stadium at a cost not to exceed $1,888,418, approximately $1.1 million less than the district had originally budgeted in the bond.

“The board has spent a great deal of time and energy, making certain that this was the right thing for our district,” said Superintendent of Schools Don Grosdidier.

The decision was complicated by the fact that the original bond budget came up short, due to many unexpected factors. The bond budget shortfall resulted from overruns at the elementary school and a variety of economic factors, ranging from unprecedented conditions in the bond market to lower-than-projected assessed valuation.

Because completion of the stadium will push the bond package over the $45 million bond by approximately $600,000, completing the project will require additional financing. With a variety of funding options, the board has yet to make a final decision on how this overage will be addressed. That decision will depend in part on the final costs of the current projects under construction. The new facility to house the Eudora-De Soto Technical Education Center, as well as the classroom and auditorium additions at EHS.

Grosdidier stressed that, although the original bond package and budgets were designed based on factors that dramatically changed, the board was committed to doing as much as possible to benefit students, staff and the community.

“Ultimately,” he said, “we are fortunate that the projects came in this order — addressing the classroom needs of students first and leaving the stadium for the end, in case the budget came up short. The board has worked hard to deliver on as much of the voter-approved bond package as possible, and patrons have made it clear over the past several months that they expected the board to build the stadium that was approved in the bond resolution.”

Laws Field, the district’s existing athletics facility near 14th and Church, is owned by the district, as is the property to the north of Laws, where the former Nottingham Elementary currently sits. The construction of the new stadium will allow the board to explore options with these properties that could increase the commercial tax base and possibly generate revenue that could fund other district needs.

Read the story on Eudoras website by clicking here.

ATG Sports Selected For Eudora Stadium Project

March 17, 2010

In a 6 - 0 vote at Tuesday nights school board meeting, ATG Sports was selected as general contractor for the stadium at Eudora Schools.  The stadium will include, but is not limited to design / build, bleachers, concession stand, concrete work, asphalt paving, track, and artificial turf.  ATG will be installing Joske SP track surface and RamTurf M on the field.  It is expected that ground will break in the early weeks of April.  A ground breaking ceremony will take place very soon.  The date and time are to be announced.

ATG wishes to thank Eudora Schools and all involved for trusting them with this project.  ATG is very excited to exceed all expectations on this project!

Read a brief article and watch a video on LJWorld.com by clicking here.

Jefferson County Leader Features Story About Jefferson R-7 School District and ATG Sports

February 15, 2010

February 4, 2010 the Jefferson County Leader featured an article with updates at Jefferson R-7 School District.  Jefferson_R-7_2.4.jpg

Don Bolinger, President of Construction Services Quoted in St Louis Journal

January 22, 2010

THE FUTURE’S HERE (can your school afford it?) is the heading in the St Louis Journals January 13, 2010 article.  ATG’s President of Construction Services, Don Bolinger, was the only turf company to be contacted for input on the article.  The article is as follows:

THE FUTURE’S HERE
(can your school afford it?)

http://suburbanjournals.stltoday.com/articles/2010/01/13/west/sports/0113wc-turf13.txt
January 13, 2010

To turf or not to turf is not so much the question but the situation.

Athletic directors everywhere are delighted with the artificial turf that is currently installed - or, in some cases, on its way - to their school.

Those schools that are on the outside looking in at artificial surfaces play the waiting game. These near-magical surfaces don’t just fall from the sky. The price tag on the typical turf project can run between $750,000 and $1 million dollars. That’s a fee that will leave a mark on any school’s budget - and for districts with more than one high school the price tag can quickly move from daunting to impossible.

Christian Brothers College was the first in the St. Louis area to make the leap for an all-purpose, artificial field. After taking tours of surfaces at Rockhurst and in Texas, CBC dove into the project and Klemm Field was ready to fly in the fall of 2003.

“They really put the ball in motion,” St. Louis University High Athletic Director Richard Wehner said.

CBC’s facility opened eyes across the metro area. It became the gold standard.

“When our teams played on it, they were really sold,” Wehner said. “And it wasn’t about keeping up with the Joneses.”

The very next year the Junior Billikens had turf for both football and soccer fields as part of a massive $30 million athletic complex overhaul.

And from there the trend was on.

“It is the way of the future,” Kirkwood Athletic Director Jeff Townsend said. “The number of them have increased exponentially.”

Artificial turfs are now looked at as more of an essential than an extravagance, and there is a growing list of evidence supporting the claim.

Another classrooom

For 20 years Bruce Smith taught physical education. Come spring it was always a dice roll. He never kept an eye on the weather so much, but he and his students always knew that an evening shower or an early morning spring rain would mean another day of indoor P.E. classes. And there is only so much dodgeball both students and staff can take.

Though it’s easy to pigeonhole artificial turf as something just for the jocks, the all-weather surface is embraced by all students.

Smith is now the A.D. at McCluer North. He longs for the day when the Ferguson-Florissant School District is dotted with the forever-green surfaces.

At schools where turf was in place, those days of all-day dodgeball are out the window.

“Instead of being stuck inside, we split the field up with cones and you have three new teaching spaces,” Smith said.

At Hillsboro, which installed its turf surface in 2006, the field is used by classes from the opening bell through the last class so long as weather permits.

“During the spring and fall the kids are out there pretty much every day,” Hillsboro Athletic Director Ed Moreno said. “The kids and the teachers appreciate it. It’s a benefit to everyone. It really and truly is.”

Turf’s alway-ready durability takes it a near-perfect surface not only for sports and P.E. classes, but for a wide range of school and community programs. High on the list of groups cashing in on the quick-draining wonders are school marching bands. For those groups, the artificial surface has become their fifth Beatle.

No longer are there stretches where they are locked out of practice time because of weather issues. Neither last night’s rain, nor today’s mud keeps bands from working through their routines. And not only is a morning practice session free from potential soggy pant legs and muddy shoes, but the all-weather surface also prevents early damage to a field getting ready to go under the Friday Night Lights.

Beyond durable

No one knows the durability of the artificial turfs like Jeff Klos at Crystal City.

The Hornets opened their football field two seasons ago to great fanfare. Students and the community came out to christen the field with the first varsity home football game.

And then five days later, the entire surface was under several feet of water as flooding along the Mississippi River poured water across the bottom land where the field has been for more than 70 years.

“It was like, boom, it hit us,” the Hornets A.D. said. “We were scared.”

But the turf, installed with a drainage system, emerged playable as ever and willing to take even more punishment from Mother Nature.

In two years, the Crystal City field has flooded three times. In the past, the floods could have wiped the calendar for several months.

“Now, we’re back after just 10 days,” Klos said.

Safe and sound

Much like cleats, uniforms, and equipment, artificial turf has made strides towards being more athlete-friendly.

Hazlewood West A.D. Tim Williams recalls going to play the state championship football game in the early 1990s at Mizzou. Faurot Field had a surface called Omni Turf and from its first day on the field to the last, players and coaches hated the slick surface.

“That was a living nightmare,” Williams said.

What parents like about the turf that’s being installed now is that it is a safer surface. Grass fields, no matter how lush and cushy they are for the first kickoff in September, become uneven and filled with clumps as soon as football teams, soccer teams and marching bands are mixed with a bit of wet weather.

Wet weather is just the most obvious field headache. Just this past fall, a field at McCluer North was taken over by voles, which are tiny moles, who feasted on the roots of the grass. So scattered from one end of the field to the other were sporadic holes with fill-in dirt waiting to catch an foot and twist and ankle.

With turf, even during a torrential downpour, players are scooting around on sure footing.

Trainers will argue as far as comparing the wear and tear on the athletes the surface has, but the consensus is that it is a more consistent and bankable surface.

It’s not all about football

Artificial turf and football are two images that instantly connect.

And rightfully so. At most area schools with turf, the artificial surface is installed on the football field. But the football field is more than a football field now. A number of schools play soccer on the turf fields.

A few schools - MICDS, John Burroughs, and SLUH, all private schools with upper-tier tuitions - have more than one artificial field on campus.

At MICDS, there are three turf fields, but the school’s football team plays all its home games on grass. The turf surfaces are used by the soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey squads.

At SLUH, Wehner, the Junior Billikens athletic director, worried about installing an artificial surface on the school’s soccer field. He worried that the school’s hardcore soccer enthusiasts would thumb their nose at the new surface. Instead, the thumbs turned upward, including from two of St. Louis’ best and well-known players and coaches, Pat McBride and Al Trost.

“You are talking about two of the most traditional guys in soccer, and they both loved it,” Wehner said. “Then I really felt good.”

At Chaminade, where installation of a turf field - or possibly two - is a year or two away, A.D. Tom Fernandez said his plan is to stick with grass for the football field and install turf on the varsity soccer field and, possibly, at a “secondary” location. Doing so would benefit, from just an athletic standpoint, all levels of three different sports; football (for practice), soccer, and lacrosse.

“The big need is in soccer,” he said. “With turf at the stadium you are locked in.”

Down the road

At CBC, A.D. Scott Brown said the Cadets’ turf surface starting to show the wear and tear of seven years of use.

“Being first (to install turf) also had its drawbacks. The fields now have come a long way in quality,” Brown said. “There have been great improvements.”

The Cadets had banked on getting 10 years out of their turf. Some of the newer models boast an expected lifespan of 15 years.

“Also when you are the first, you don’t know how long they last,” Brown said. “We are seeing the tail end. We had hoped to get 10 years. It shows wear here and there, but it is still in great shape.”

Everything has been coming up roses in Hillsboro

“It is worth its weight in gold,” Hawks A.D. Moreno said. “It’s worth every penny.”

No longer having to fret over proper hydration, varmints, or striping, Hillsboro’s field issues are border-line laughable compared to the headaches faced by schools that have grass on their fields.

“Our biggest nuisance right now is sunflower seeds and getting them picked up,” Moreno said. “But we’re working on it.”

Grass’s last stand will not be area football and soccer fields. The next frontier is baseball. Edwardsville High recently put in a field ready for whatever this spring throws at it.

Don Bollinger has been putting in surfaces for 30 years. The president of Production Services for ATG Sports, whose St. Louis division of the Kansas-based company is located in Hillsboro, said the company has 11 baseball turf projects on the horizon spread over Missouri and Kansas. He calls the past 8-9 years the golden age of turf.

“Now you see 2A, 3A schools (installing turf). It’s is not necessarily just the 5A schools,” Bollinger said. “Everyone sees the true dynamic of the cost. They are getting out of the mind-set that it is a luxury and more of a necessity, like a gym floor.”

Congratulations to Hutchinson High School

December 21, 2009

Rivals High annual list of the top 100 high school football teams lists Hutchinson at #18.  They completed the season with a 15-0 record and are the Kansas Division 5A Champs!  Way to go Hutch!  Click here to visit the Rivals High website and see the full list.

ATG Sports Has Been Hired To Do Design/Consulting For Eudora

December 1, 2009

ATG Sports has been contracted with Eudora USD 491 for the design and consulting of their high school stadium.

ATG Sports Industries, Inc. Hires Four New Associates

December 1, 2009

ATG Sports Industries, Inc. welcomes four new associates, all hired over the last three months.

Jeff Sanders, a turf specialist, is based out of the Andover, KS office.

Steve Young, salesman for the Texas/Oklahoma region, is based out of the Andover, KS office.

Matt Moore, salesman for the Missouri/Illinois region, is based out of the Herculaneum, MO office.

Ben Thowe, design specialist, is based out of the Andover, KS office.

All four of these gentlemen bring with them years of experience and ATG Sports offers a warm welcome and the hope for a very prosperous relationship for years to come.

Their contact information can be found by clicking here.

Jefferson County Leader Features Story About ATG Sports and Jefferson R7 School District

December 1, 2009

Click here to read full story.

Jefferson R7 School District Awards Turf Project To ATG Sports

November 4, 2009

Jefferson R7 School District of Festus, MO voted 5 - 0 to award their turf project to ATG Sports Industries, Inc.

This is a multi purpose field and the featured turf is RamTurf M.  It will also include bleachers and a press box.

ATG is honored to have been awarded this project.

Neosho County Community College Hires ATG Sports

October 26, 2009

Neosho County Community College will soon be playing on a brand new turf baseball field.  Coach Murry will only select the best for his players, and ATG Sports has been selected for the job.  The job is scheduled to break ground on November 20 and be complete by January 20, 2010.  To read more click here to visit Neosho County Community College’s website.  Congratulations on your new field!

Barton County Community College Board Approves New Track and Soccer Field

October 23, 2009

Weather permitting, Barton Community College will have a new track and soccer field by springtime. The Board of Trustees approved the construction project during its monthly meeting Oct. 15.

Andover-based ATG Sports Industries Inc., secured the contract for building the track and soccer field at a cost of a little more than $1.5 million.

Read the full story on Barton County’s website by clicking here.

Join us at the MSBA Conference Oct. 23-24

October 21, 2009

The Missouri School Board Association’s Annual Conference will be at Tan-Tar-A Resort October 23 and 24 in Osage Beach, Missouri.  This event is held in cooperation with the Missouri Association of School Administrators (MASA).  ATG Sports will showcase a booth in the exhibit hall.  Stop by booth number 55 to say hello and learn about our services available to you and your school. We will have many new and exciting features to share with you at our booth this year.  We hope to see you at the conference!

Congratulations to Barton County Community College

October 20, 2009

Congratulations to Barton County Community College on the newly awarded contract for their turf fields and running track facilities.  ATG Sports will do the design/build of an olympic calibur track facility featuring the Joske M full pour surface and RamTurf soccer turf.

ATG Sports Offers Congratulations!

October 14, 2009

ATG Sports would like to congratulate Hutchinson High School for retaining their position in the Rivals High Top 100 High Schools Poll.  They went from #51 to #43 this week when they beat Goddard 49-13.

ATG Sports also wishes congratulations to Bishop Carroll Catholic High School for their 36-34 win against Kapaun Friday night in the nationally televised game on ESPNU.  Bishop Carrolls Blake Bell is ranked #4 on Rivals 2010 College Quarterback Quicklist.  To see Blake’s stats on Rivals.com, click here.

RamTurf Major Sponsor of Bishop Carroll Vs. Kapaun Game on ESPNU

October 9, 2009

RamTurf is a major sponsor of the rivalry game on Friday, October 9th on ESPNU channel.  The game is scheduled for 7:00 pm.  When asked by ESPNU to sponsor the televised game, ATG Sports was honored and gladly accepted the task.  If you miss watching the game live, it will re-air again from 2 a.m.-5 a.m. Saturday, October 10th, and will again re-air at a later date TBD.  Read more about the game in the Wichita Eagle by clicking here.

Belton Opens Stadium

October 6, 2009

The Belton School District celebrated the opening of its new stadium in grand fashion Saturday, Oct. 3.  Read all about it on Belton’s website by clicking here, or in the Star Herald by clicking here.

Belton Stadium Project Featured On Metro Sports

September 30, 2009

Belton High School’s new Curriculum/Stadium project was featured Sept. 24 on Metro Sports, and Kansas City cable sports television station.  Click here to view the story on Belton School District’s website.

St Clair School District Dedicates Turf Field

September 21, 2009

The St. Clair School District, community leaders and Bulldog fans gathered Friday, September 4, 2009 to dedicate the new artificial turf field at the Robert M. Edwards Sports Complex.  The event was a culmination of efforts from the inception of a dream to the fruition of the project.  The opening ceremonies began at 4:30 pm with the FFA providing hot dogs for all the guests.  At 5:30 pm more than 100 special guests were honored as they filed onto the field for the dedication speech and ribbon cutting.

“Tonight we gather as a community, school, parents and students to celebrate the result of DREAMS and working hard together to make those dreams happen!  We stand together upon something much bigger than “just a field”.  We stand together committed to do whatever it takes to give the citizens, and most importantly the youth of this community, the courage and strength to dream big.  We stand together committed to the words “St. Clair – We’re Open For Business!” Indeed we are!” The speech also thanked the community for all their financial contributions and support during the fundraising efforts and other individuals who made this dream a reality.  Among those honored and participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were the SCHS Football team, St. Clair Junior Dogs and coaches, past and present SCHS Football coaches, Ron Blum, Mayor, St. Clair Board of Education, Dr. Michael D. Murphy, Superintendent, School Administrators, the Tommy Heibeck family, the Bruns family, the Delmar Wachter family, the Robert Edwards family, Mike Marler, Athletic Booster Club President and former Board of Education member, Becky Branscum, SCHS Athletic Director secretary and Athletic Booster Club officer, Mike Drewel, President of the Music Boosters, Nick Robinson, 1966 SCHS graduate, Jay & Anna Rice, Charlie Butler and Farmers and Merchants Bank, Nancy Russell – St. Clair Monument and Russell Funeral Home, Josh Perkins – Patton’s Nursery, Paul and Elaine Swofford, Kevin Hoelscher, ATG Sports Don Bolinger - President of Construction Services, past and present soccer coaches and team, Principals and class representatives. 

Read this article, and more at the School Districts website.

Overland Park Youth Soccer Field Grand Opening A Success

August 31, 2009

ATG Sports attended the grand opening of the Overland Park Youth Soccer Fields and gave backpacks that dawned the Overland Park and ATG Sports logos.  Click Here To View Image

City of Overland Park Scores Big With New Soccer Complex

August 31, 2009

Click Here To Read Full Article From Kansas City Star.

Overland Park Soccer Complex Preview

August 20, 2009

Overland Park has produced a short video highlighting the new soccer complex.  Click here to watch the video on Overland Park’s website.

RamTurf Gets Clean Sweep

August 18, 2009

Boonville Daily News posts story regarding Boonville High Schools new RamTurf football field.  Click Here To Read Full Article

ATG Sports and Raytown Schools Featured in Kansas City Star.

August 12, 2009

ATG Sports and Raytown Schools have made the Kansas City Star.  Click here for the full story.

ATG Sports Sponsors Local Girl In Beauty Pageant

July 31, 2009

ATG Sports has generously sponsored Madison Sanders of Leon, KS in the Nationals Jr Miss Teen Wichita Pageant.  If Madison should win the pageant she will win a $20,000.00 scholarship.  Everyone at ATG Sports wishes Madison the best of luck! 

Boonville Daily News Prints Interview With ATG’s President of Construction Services

July 28, 2009

On Friday, July 24 The Boonville Daily News ran an article regarding the Boonville project.  Click here to read the full story.

ATG Sports Is Pleased to Announce All Local Projects Are Ahead Of Schedule

July 17, 2009

ATG Sports began construction on the Bishop Carroll Catholic High School turf football field on June 15, 2009.  As of Friday July 10, the construction was approximately three weeks ahead of various turf projects throughout the metro area.  This job, along with four others being worked by ATG Sports will finish the turf installation by next week!

One of the other jobs being worked by ATG Sports is Tabor College / Hillsboro USD 410 in Hillsboro, KS.  Mike Gottsch, Tabor College football coach, said “I am very amazed how this stadium project has gone to this point.  Your company (ATG Sports) and its management are to be commended for the hard work and quality that you are putting into this project.”

Giving back to the local community, ATG Sports has employed four Tabor College football players to begin work on the track at Tabor College on Monday, July 20. 

Paul Driver, CEO of ATG Sports said “I want to thank every person who helps ATG’s everyday success from the owners to the suppliers, sub-contractors and employees.”

Bishop Carroll Football Field Gets A New Look

July 16, 2009

Kake News, local channel 10, ran a story regarding the progress ATG Sports has made at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School.  Click here to read the full story.

Boonville Daily News Features Article Regarding ATG Sports Industries’ work at Boonville High School

June 29, 2009

Click here to read the full article.

ATG Sports Industries, Inc. Is Awarded Turf Contract At Francis Howell High School!

June 26, 2009

In a 4-3 vote at last nights school board meeting, ATG Sports was awarded the turf contract at Francis Howell High School.  Click here to read the full story in the Suburban Journals.

Wichita Eagle Carries News Story Regarding ATG Sports and Bishop Carroll Catholic High School

June 16, 2009

“It couldn’t be done without ATG Sports,” Schuckman said. “They’ve accommodated us and given us a very fair bid on a great product.  This is one of many great quotes in the article.  Click here to read the full story.

ATG Sports Is Now A Vendor In COOP Purchasing Program

June 13, 2009

ATG Sports is pleased to announce the recent award of the contract for synthetic turf, runing tracks, and the installation and/or repair of the afore mentioned on the TIPS-TAPS purchasing system!  ATG Sports was awarded this contract on May 22, 2009.  Click here to visit the TIPS-TAPS website.

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School Raises Turf Money

June 11, 2009

Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, KS has successfully raised enough money to install ATG Sports Industries’ artificial turf at the high school.  ATG Sports bid the project $117,000.00 lower than the closest competitor.  Click here to read more.

The KSHSAA State Track Meets Have Been Held on Joske Surfaces The Previous Consecutive 29 Years

June 2, 2009

For the previous 29 consecutive years the KSHSAA Kansas State Track Meets have been held on ATG Sports’ Joske surfaces.  KSHSAA holds the annual Kansas State track meet at Wichita State Universities Cessna Stadium in Wichita Kansas every year over Memorial Day weekend.  ATG Sports’ Joske track surface holds more track records than any other surface in Kansas.  Visit the WSU website and read about Cessna Stadium by clicking here.

Boonville Radio Station Broadcast Regarding ATG Sports

June 1, 2009

When the School Board voted to accept ATG Sports bid for Boonville High School’s stadium on Wednesday, April 29th, Dane Gregg, of KWRT Radio of Boonville, was planning a radio show for Thursday, April 30th.  At 8:15 a.m., Dane interviews Boonville High School’s Jay Webster, Principal and Chris Shikles, Athletic Director.  Jay discusses the condition of the stadium and how the track is deteriorating to such a poor condition, and that they have not hosted a track meet there in over 2 years.  Due to safety concerns, their track team has not practiced there this year, and the school and board decided it was time to undergo these projects.  The current stadium was prestigious for many years and every school was amazed at the beautiful facility Boonville Pirates called their own.  Over 30 years ago, the entire stadium was donated and constructed well.  The community wants the facility they were proud of long ago to have a new life and become prestigious again with these improvements.  Chris formed a turf and track committee and over the last year, they researched the benefits of improving the high school’s stadium to meet the needs of the school district and community.  The committee did their homework on all the companies bidding the project and recommended ATG Sports, based on our references, products, customer service and project management.  Chris and Jay rave about visiting several schools in the St. Louis area, including Crystal City in Missouri, and Edwardsville and O’Fallon High Schools in Illinois that ATG Sports built.  They spoke with school officials about their projects and were more than impressed with the dedication ATG Sports gave to these schools and their projects.  In fact, Chris mentions the usage chart that O’Fallon Illinois High School sent to him, detailing all the 240 events they have held so far, since August of 2008 when their projects were completed.  Chris tallied the number of events that Boonville High School has held at their stadium for the same time period and only had 15 to count.  Not only will the new and improved stadium be used for Varsity Football games and for the track team, but the field will be transformed into a multi-purpose field for many to enjoy.  The RAMTURF field will be marked for both Football and Soccer and just like O’Fallon, they will add countless events for band, physical education classes, soccer practice, football practice, and events for the elementary and middle school students as well.  ATG Sports is replacing the former track system and installing a new Joske Track System will bring track practice, events, jamboree’s and track meets back to the school.  In addition, the community can walk the track when events are not held.  Jay and Chris are thrilled that ATG Sports will bring prospects to Boonville for many years to come to see their finished facility, just like their committee visited several fields around St. Louis.

ATG Sports wants to personally thank Dane Gregg of 1370 AM KWRT Radio for sharing this MP3 interview.  Please visit their website at http://www.1370kwrt.com/

ATG Sports Announces A New Location For St Louis Office!

May 27, 2009

We are pleased to announce that we have moved into a new office effective May 20, 2009.  The move is to meet the needs of our ever growing company as well as to improve our working conditions.  We are very glad to welcome all of our friends, old and new, to visit us in the new office!

The new office is located in Herculaneum, MO, just a few miles down the road from the old office.  The contact information is as follows:

ATG Sports Industries, Inc.
1349 McNutt Road, Suite D
Herculaneum, MO 63048

Phone:  (636) 524-6135
Fax:  (636) 933-4994

Don Bolinger’s direct phone line:  (636) 524-6122

All cell phone numbers, website addresses, and email addresses remain the same.

After relocating, we have had all mail forwarded to the new address so that there will be no problem for any correspondence mailed to the old address, however, the phone numbers have changed.  The old numbers will no longer work.

Boonville R-1 School District Shows ATG Sports Work Progression On Website

May 27, 2009

Boonville R-1 School Districts website shows progression of ATG Sports Industries’ work on their athletic fields.  Click Here To Visit Boonville School Website

ATG Sports To Be Honored At The Waterloo 10th Annual Recognition Luncheon

May 20, 2009

Waterloo CUSD is holding their 10th annual Recognition Luncheon on May 21, 2009.  ATG Sports will receive special recognition for the work in progress at the school.

ATG Sports Noted In The Boonville Daily News, Story 3 of 3

May 12, 2009

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ATG Sports Industries Noted In The Boonville Daily News, Story 2 of 3

May 6, 2009

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ATG Sports Industries Is Noted In The Boonville Daily News, Story 1 of 3

May 5, 2009

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Boonville MO High School Accepts ATG Sports Contract for Track Repairs and RamTurf Field

April 30, 2009

The Boonville Missouri High School Project Committee gave a recommendation at the school board meeting Wednesday evening to accept ATG Sports as low bid for improvements to the Pirates Stadium.  The school board voted to award the contract to ATG Sports and move forward with the project following graduation in May.  The track will be a brand new one.  This is needed for safety and for allowing the school to host future track meets.  The RamTurf Field will be a multi-purpose, synthetic turf field for the community and school to use for countless events.  The project will be completed in time for the first home football game August 28th.  The board did mention that the main reason they awarded the job to ATG Sports is because of “the outstanding references.”

ATG Sports Is Mentioned In April 15, 2009 Waterloo Republic Times Newspaper

April 15, 2009

Turf field is the real deal at new WHS
BY MARK McNAMARA Sports Editor

There is still time for seven Waterloo High School teams to leave a legendary mark on the high school before the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs move south to the new campus.

Spring sports take precedence over all for the next two months, but new traditions are springing up at the new high school located along Market Street.

The football and boys and girls soccer teams and the band will be practicing, playing and performing on a RamTurf Monofilament synthetic turf field just south of the new high school building when the 2009 fall sports kick off.

“It’s a go from what I understand. I think they’ll start on the softball and baseball fields first because the ground’s easier to move,” said Waterloo Athletic Director Rick Keefe.

Waterloo will join East St. Louis, Edwardsville and O’Fallon as schools in the metro-east with the more cost-efficient turf.

After two years of research and discussion by the high school’s administration, school board and general community, Waterloo accepted a bid from ATG Sports Industries of Andover, Kan., to install the artificial turf field, a Joske SP eight-lane all-weather track, natural grass varsity baseball and softball fields, sidewalks and asphalt and concrete for the track and storage buildings.

“This was an extremely difficult decision for the board because, obviously, every decision we make has to be fiscally sound and make sense for the long-term benefit of the students and taxpayers,” said Waterloo School Board President Dwight Schaefer.

When the district negotiated with JB Fencing/St. Louis to construct a property perimeter fence, the company agreed to coat the fences of all athletic fields with black vinyl at their cost.

Local resident Twyla Luhr is alleviating the district of some of the athletic facilities’ costs with a major donation, as are several other community members.

The artificial surface complex takes about 90 days to complete, and installation will start when the ground dries. Waterloo School Superintendent Jim Helton hopes the new school will be completed in its entirety by the registration date in July.

When the stadium is complete, it will seat 1,866 people on the home side, and 475 on the guest’s side. A portion of the bleachers at the current high school football field and track will become the guest’s bleachers.

The benefits of the synthetic turf seem endless, and include safety, weather durability, maintenance, environmental impact and student utilization.

“In two years’ time, the prices dropped quite a bit. Prices really went down with the economy, and we have a great warranty of three years on the sub-grade, and eight years on the field turf itself. It’s projected to last 15 years,” said Helton.

Waterloo will be able to use the durable synthetic turf year-round, and it will not be damaged by play in wet or freezing conditions. The school can schedule back-to-back practices and games and divide the field in half to schedule two teams to practice simultaneously. It requires no recovery time, and, as opposed to the 680-810 average annual usage hours a natural grass field is limited to, the synthetic turf can be used for nearly 3,000.

“When we started crunching usage numbers, it was a no-brainer,” Helton said.

The multi-use stadium requires Waterloo to only install one set of stadium lights.

The school will have six tennis courts, and space to add two more courts.

Inside, Bulldog wrestlers will be battling on new ground, also. Wrestling will leave the nostalgic North Gym and practice and host matches in the new school’s auxiliary gym.

The main gym seats 2,000 people, and 200 stadium chair-back seats are available for season-ticket holders. One side of the bleachers retracts to reveal an additional practice court in the gym. The auxiliary gym and multi-purpose room will also be used by teams and squads.

With facilities mirroring the best in the metro-east, Waterloo may be able to draw more students to sports, and create competition within its teams that brews more success.

“I think we’ll get more kids to come out with all the new things,” Keefe said.

The athletic department is injecting excitement into the boys basketball program by resuming its Thanksgiving tournament, which has not been held since 2005.

After that year, Waterloo could not find enough teams to participate, but have Gibault, Highland and (Breese) Mater Dei playing in next season’s tip-off event.

“This area’s becoming saturated with tournaments. We didn’t want to drop it, but we lost a team and couldn’t find anyone,” Keefe said.

The current high school athletic facilities will be used by Waterloo Junior High teams, and possibly, high school practices.

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This article appeared in the April 15 issue of the Republic-Times.

USD 410 / Tabor College Track & Turf Project

March 26, 2009

ATG Sports Industries, as subcontractor, is to install RamTurf and Joske SW track surface at the USD 410 / Tabor College Athletic Stadium.  The project is scheduled to begin April 1, 2009.

ATG Sports Is Awarded Turf Job at Missouri State University

February 24, 2009

The University of Missouri has chosen ATG Sports Industries to install turf at its multi purpose athletic field.  The job includes 50 oz RamTurf, excavating, drainage, concrete curbing, rock base, and irrigation work.

Trusler Sports Complex Renovations Noted On ESU Website

February 11, 2009

Click here to visit ESU website and see progress pictures of the renovations to Trusler Sports Complex.

ATG Sports Is Awarded The Turf/Track Job at Waterloo IL

February 11, 2009

Waterloo IL CUSD5 has chosen ATG Sports Industries to install turf at its football/soccer, baseball and softball fields, and SP track surface on its track.  The job also includes all new sidewalks, concrete slabs, asphalt for the track and a new storage building.  The project is to begin within the next two to three weeks.

Work Underway on New Turf Fields

February 11, 2009

ATG Sports Industries’ job in Raytown MO is noted in The Raytown Post on February 9, 2009.

Clilck here to read the full story.

Improvements Being Made To Trusler

January 12, 2009

ATG Sports Industries’ job at ESU’s Trusler Sports Complex is noted in The Emporia Gazette on January 10, 2009.

Click here to read the full story

Trusler Sports Complex Undergoes More Renovations

January 12, 2009

ATG Sports Industries’ job at ESU’s Trusler Sports Complex is noted on http://www.wibw.com on January 9, 2009.

Click here to read the full story.

ATG Is Awarded Two Jobs In Missouri

December 30, 2008

In the last few weeks ATG Sports has been awarded jobs at both Raytown and Belton MO.  In a school board meeting held on December 15, Raytown board members asked the football coach, Dan Porter, for his thoughts on the several fields he had visited.  “We found some really hard ones, and some really spongy soft ones.  ATG was right in the middle.  I think that the kids will like to play on it and will be safe on it.” He went on to talk about how this would be a great product for the students.  ATG looks forward to a successful installation at both locations.

Congratulations To East St Louis Flyers!

December 23, 2008

We want to personally congratulate the East St Louis Flyers on winning the 2008 Illinois class 7A football title.  We will be presenting the school board and students with tee shirts at a banquette honoring their athletics on Sunday evening, January 18, 2009.

“East St Louis had fewer injuries this year than any other season and that is why they were able to win the 7A state championship,” said Leonard Manley, athletic director.  He also went on to say he believes the new ATG Sports synthetic turf was the reason for fewer injuries.

ATG Sports Is Awarded Emporia State University Turf Project

December 15, 2008

Emporia State University has chosen ATG Sports Industries to install RamTurf at its baseball facility located at Trusler Sports Complex.  The project is to begin immediately.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ATG CUSTOMERS

December 2, 2008

ATG would like to congratulate all of our customers on a great fall season.  A special congratulation goes out to Hutchinson High School who won 1st place in the Kansas State High School Activities Association Class 5A state football championship.  They beat St. Thomas-Aquinas 38-0 on November 29, 2008.

Click here to see the 5A bracket

Wichita Eagle Publishes Story Featuring ATG Sports Industries

November 17, 2008

Paul Driver and Matt Smith are featured in The Wichita Eagle on Saturday, November 15, 2008.

Click Here To View Article

Four Out Of Six Kansas High School Championship Sites Are ATG’s Turf Fields

November 5, 2008

The 2008 Kansas High School Football Playoffs begin November 8. 

The Championship sites are as follows:  Class 6A:  Yager Stadium in Topeka, Class 5A:  Welch Stadium in Emporia, Class 4A:  District Stadium in Salina, Class 3A:  Gowan Stadium in Hutchinson, Class 2-1A:  Lewis Field in Hays, 8-Man I & 8-Man II:  Fischer Field in Newton.

ATG is proud to announce that four of the six fields that are played on are ATG’s artificial turf fields!  ATG installed Welch Stadium in Emporia, District Stadium in Salina, Gowan Stadium in Hutchinson, and Lewis Field in Hays. 

Four Bond Issues Pass In Local Elections

November 5, 2008

According to local newspapers the following bond issues passed in the November 4, 2008 election.

Wichita Public Schools passed their bond issue with 50% of the votes.  The bond issue, which is the largest in Kansas’s history, is to pay for multiple projects, including $61 million in athletic facility improvements.

Baldwin City passed their bond issue with 54% of the votes.  The bond issue is to pay for multiple projects, including $2,783,045.00 for four new baseball/softball fields and a new track.

Leavenworth passed their bond issue with 62% of the votes.  The bond issue is to pay for multiple projects, including $25 million for high school renovations and an athletic activities complex.

Ellis County passed a ½ cent sales tax with 55% of the votes.  It is to fund the construction and maintenance of a new sports complex.

Overland Park News Release

October 29, 2008

ATG Sports Industries’ news release regarding the Overland Park Youth Soccer Complex is published in the St Louis Post Dispatch and the Kansas City Star.

Click Here To View The News Release

Crystal City Field Floods Days After Completion

October 22, 2008

The Crystal City field was completed and ready for the first varsity home football game on Sept. 12.

On Sunday, September 14, 2008, St. Louis and surrounding areas received three-five inches of rain in a matter of two hours.  On Monday, September 15, the waters that flooded the St. Louis area, made their way into the Mississippi River and surrounding creeks and streams, threatening more flooding to the field.

That evening, sand was brought in.  Students, faculty and parents sandbagged while a JV game was taking place on the new field.  Three pumps were brought in on Tuesday, September 16, to pump out all water that was coming over the levee and sandbags.  The pumps continued Wednesday, as the flood waters continued to rise at a rate of 1 inch per hour.  Wednesday evening, school officials noticed more water coming into the low lying areas.  They decided that it was time to give in to Mother Nature.  They pulled the pumps out around 7:00 p.m. and by 10:00 p.m. that evening, the flood waters had submerged the track surrounding the field, and were inching their way toward the field.  By Thursday morning, September 18, the field was covered with at least two feet of water. 

When the water receded on Tuesday, September 23rd, the field was left covered with mud.  They cleaned the field for two weeks and in the meantime, all scheduled events were moved to other area fields or to the opposing team’s field. 

The field was ready for the homecoming game on October 17, 2008.

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Paul Driver Quoted In Shawnee Sun Newspaper

October 3, 2008

Proposed SHS Track Could Cost $1 Million

By Lori Goat

From vision to blueprint, the proposed Shawnee High School athletic track was unveiled at a special school board meeting Monday night.

Paul Driver and Matt Smith with ATG Sports introduced board members and the track committee to the design and costs of a new, expanded track.

“We asked ourselves how we can make the area (the existing track) compliant, not just today, but for the future,” Driver said.

The first hurdle for the school board will be the $1 million-plus price tag.

In the ATG Sports’ plan, the track will be wider east to west and shorter north to south to accommodate a soccer field within the football field, circled by an 8-lane track.

This portion of the plan will cost $836,000.

“It won’t be a perfect football field, soccer field or track, but it will be a perfect combination,” Driver said.

Increasing the width of the site will call for the demolition of the structures on the east side of the football field. New visitor bleachers would have to be constructed which would add about $200,000 to the project.

According to Driver, the endeavor would take 57 to 60 days to complete, but re-seeding the gridiron would require a year off the field.

To avoid a year of downtime, Driver told the board and track committee that they could convert the grass to Ram Turf, a synthetic turf. The price of that would be an additional $565,000.

In 2005, voters approved a $22.2 million bond issue to build the Shawnee Early Childhood Center and the fine arts facility/gymnasium for the high school. Only a half million dollars was set aside for a new track.

The school board and the track committee will have to adjust their vision to fit their pocketbook or find a way to scrape together an additional $536,000.

The issue will be discussed at the next regular board meeting on October 7.

Wichita Public Schools Awards ATG Both Coleman And Wilbur Middle School Track Projects

September 25, 2008

ATG is excited to announce our track installations at both Coleman and Wilbur Middle Schools in Wichita, KS!  On September 16, 2008 the school accepted bids for the installation of these 2 running tracks, and the job was awarded to ATG.  The installation will begin immediately. Check back often for progress pictures on both of these tracks.

ATG Announces All Summer Turf Project Completed On Time!

September 19, 2008

Paul Driver, President and Founder of ATG Sports Industries, announces that all 2008 spring and summer turf projects were successfully completed on time.

“Even with the amount of rain and poor working conditions this year, ATG Sports finished all Turf projects on time. This can be attributed to the expertise of our staff, and the diligent team effort put forth by our sub-contractors.  We put things in high gear for Crystal City High School, which started out 10 feet under water, and we are proud to announce the Crystal City Hornets played their first home game on time, with no delays, on their new field.  Over the last eight years our turf sales and business has rapidly grown but our policy has never changed—MAKE THE BEST PRODUCT, ON TIME, FOR A FAIR PRICE. Thank you for the teamwork and always putting the customer first.”

Crystal City Job Begins Under 8 - 10 Feet of Water

September 9, 2008

Within days of ATG beginning construction on the Crystal City football field, the Mississippi river flooded & the field was under 8-10 feet of water.  Although this temporarily halted the job, ATG has pulled out all stops to complete this job by the schools first home football game, which is to be held on Friday, September 12th.

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O’Fallon Project Is Finished In Record Time!

September 3, 2008

ATG Sports nears completion of the O’Fallon project in a record 60 days.  This includes the design/build, artificial turf football field, track resurfacing, bleachers, concession stand, concrete work, and asphalt paving.

Click the links below to read the Belleville News Democrat newspaper articles on the O’Fallon Project.

Field should be done for Aug. 29 game

Parents are asked to raise $300,000 for O’Fallon stadium upgrade

Team hopes to play home opener there

USD 259 School Board Endorses Bond Issue

February 12, 2008

Click to read more about the exciting changes that include athletic facility enhancements.

Artificial Turf Gaining Popularity

January 14, 2008

Click here to find out why more schools are choosing artificial turf.

President Bush Visits the New Boys & Girls Club in Wichita, KS

January 7, 2008

President Bush visited the new Boys & Girls Club in Wichita, which includes a new artificial turf field built by ATG Sports.

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Derby High School Turf Installation

December 24, 2007

ATG Sports is excited to announce our turf installation at Derby High School.  In September of 2007, a proposal to recieve bids for the installation of artificial turf was passed with the school district, and the job was awarded to ATG in November of 2007. Installation of our XPS monofilament turf will begin in Spring of 2008. Check back frequently for more progress pictures on Derby High School!

South YMCA Farha Sports Center

December 17, 2007

“Our goal is to play all the sports on turf,” Gack says. “It’s got a high safety rating—kids can pretty much fall on the ground and not get hurt.”

The surface, called SuperTurf, is billed to be safer and stronger than natural grass. It will be installed by Andover-based ATG Sports Industries.
’A Godsend’

Earlier this summer, the West Suburban YMCA in Newton Corner, Mass., installed a similar artificial turf. West Suburban President and CEO Patrick Palmer says his was the second YMCA in the nation to install artificial turf.

“It’s been a godsend for us, actually,” Palmer says. “Before, if it rained on a Thursday, we had to cancel our events for Saturday and Sunday. The surface is great. It was a no-brainer for us.”

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