TCU Horned Frogs welcome Hellas’ synthetic turf system at indoor practice facility

Hellas Construction recently replaced the synthetic turf at the TCU Horned Frogs indoor practice facility.

The Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility is an 80-yard, regulation width, multi-use field with two full end zones and a sixty-foot vaulted ceiling to accommodate passing and kicking drills. The climate-controlled building and nearby Cox Field provide the ideal year-round practice environment for student athletes to develop their skills and ensure performance readiness regardless of weather.

TCU selected a new synthetic turf system with Cushdrain shock pad, Matrix Helix, and RealFill infill. The system is the same system used by 10 NFL franchises and fellow Big 12 institutions including Baylor and Iowa State University.

Cushdrain is an elastic layer paved in place over a laser-graded drainstone foundation that provides planarity and holds its form through multiple life cycles. The Cushdrain shock pad helps protect athletes from injuries caused by hard impacts with the surface.

Matrix Helix has shape memory technology which curls each fiber to secure the infill to prevent migration and ‘splash-out’ for a uniform, aesthetically pleasing playing surface.

Hellas RealFill infill provides proper fiber support, energy restitution, enhanced shock absorption and rapid drainage to prevent compaction under heavy-use for consistent G-Max over time.

Associate Athletics Director for Football, Anthony Crespino, said, “Our coaching staff and student athletes are excited to have the best synthetic turf system available in our multi-purpose indoor facility. Working with crews from Hellas is a real pleasure.”