AstroTurf and Brock have come together to present a new baseball and softball turf system: The AstroTurf Diamond Series 3DK. The 3DK line is a turf system that accomplishes a greater level of safety, cooling ability and performance.
“The Diamond Series 3DK does it all – it’s safer, more durable, and it addresses a major problem with other systems – too much heat. Using a natural infill made from sustainable material, it’s also gentler on the environment,” said Aaron Klotz, AstroTurf director of baseball. “We’re always looking for ways to make our turf systems even more incredible and to give players exactly what they want. They’re out there giving their all, so we do the same. Our engineers spent an incredible amount of time researching and testing, and couldn’t be happier with what we’ve done in association with Brock.”
The combination of AstroTurf’s resilient-yet-soft-textured synthetic fibers with Brock’s shock pads and cooler infill promises the highest layer of player protection. 3DK consists of AstroTurf RootZone, BrockFILL, and the Brock SP Series shock pads.
BrockFILL, an eco-friendly and durable organic material, sits beneath the turf fibers. The infill is made from an abundant species of southern pine, which is grown, harvested, and responsibly replanted. BrockFILL doesn’t radiate heat or give off an unpleasant smell. It’s also more stable underfoot.
The Brock SP Series shock pads absorb shock well while keeping the field firm for athletes. These pads are known to outperform competitor pads that have twice the thickness. Made with a special microcoating binder, they also allow for fast drainage, helping to preserve the integrity of the material for longer.
Even more exciting, one of the first fields to be laid with the new turf system will itself make history for softball and women’s athletics. AstroTurf Diamond Series 3DK has been installed in the infield at Rosemont Park in Chicago in August. Rosemont Park, which is located within the Parkway Bank Sports Complex, will be the official playing field for the new Athletes Unlimited Softball League. The league will have its first game on the new field on August 29, which will air live on ESPN2.