at St. Madeleine Sophie Pavilion
Our turf field, winner of the Outstanding Design Award from the 2016 American School & University School Portfolio Awards, was built in 2014 and opened for official play in March 2015. It is a FieldTurf® manufactured and installed first-class field.
It is lined for field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer competitions, and is also used for the School's physical education program, starting with our early learning program children, and for other extracurricular activities.
The stonework surrounding Gator Field is also an award-winning architectural structure, receiving the Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Award in the Masonry category for Exterior Stone.
- Can I Rent Gator Field?
- Protect our Turf
- What are the Advantages to Playing on turf?
- Is Artificial Turf Safe?
- Will the turf be hot in the summer?
Protect our Turf!
Please do not bring the following onto Gator Field:
- Driving stakes
- Tobacco products
Please place all trash in the proper containers located throughout the facility.
For assistance, please contact the Athletic Department at 301.657.4322 ext. 2004 or the Stone Ridge Security Guard at 240.501.3200.
Thank you for your cooperation and enjoy your visit to Gator Field.
Synthetic turf has come a long way since it was first installed in 1966 in the Houston Astrodome. The first generation AstroTurf did not have infill or substance between the short fibers, and initially, there was no padding under the surface. As a result, balls would have bad hops and players would incur a variety of injuries, including rug burn and “turf toe,”--ligament sprains around the big toe.
The second generation of artificial turf used padding under the turf surface, and sand as fill. Although the surface improved at this time, it presented problems and potential for injuries as well.
The current, or third, generation of synthetic turf, known as infill synthetic turf because of the crumb rubber infill used in its construction, can be found in hundreds of communities throughout the United States. These improved surfaces have longer blades to simulate real grass, and the fill is a combination of sand and recycled rubber giving players an extra spring. Also, this turf material has a higher friction coefficient, allowing for players to plant their feet and cut more quickly.
The findings of a long-term testing program show that FieldTurf is safer than any other synthetic turf system and equal to – if not better than – natural grass in most critical areas of player safety.
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There is no scientific or medical evidence that synthetic turf poses a human health or environmental risk.
Stone Ridge's Gator Field uses the latest technology and materials for turf fields. Research led FieldTurf to a special cork top dressing that would replace the top layer of crumb rubber in the FieldTurf patented three-layer infill system, to form the FieldTurf CoolPlay system. FieldTurf’s renowned three-layer infill has proven to offer ideal performance and safety in over 4,500 fields around the world.
The cork used in the CoolPlay system as a top layer of infill is durable, shock absorbing and absorbs far less heat than other alternatives. The many layers of cryogenic rubber and silica sand still form the majority of the infill in the CoolPlay system in order to contribute to the same Elite level performance that FieldTurf has become known for.
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Turf fields do tend to be hotter than natural grass. Stone Ridge’s field will be built with a relatively new technology, FieldTurf® Revolution with CoolPlay infill, which uses a unique high-density cork top dressing. It replaces the top layer of crumb rubber on the patented three-layer infill system in order to significantly reduce the heat.
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