AUSTIN, TX (September 30, 2016) –
By selecting a safer turf system with a
Cushdrain? shock pad
, Ysleta ISD has made a long-term investment to reduce injuries and promote safety for athletes. Over the past five months, Hellas has been building and installing the 7
that will provide a better G-Max (shock absorption) and a consistent playing surface over time, including enhanced drainage and durability.
Ysleta ISD contracted Hellas for the $14.2 million project after the approval of a $430.5 million bond dedicated to bringing major changes to the school district. The entire community and over 14,000 students, athletes, marching band, and cheerleaders will utilize the multi-purpose fields.
Hellas finalized all artificial turf surface installations before the first week of the football season. “The turf is absolutely amazing. In prior years we had to cancel practice after heavy rain, sometimes for days, now the surface drains quickly and we can practice even if it’s raining,” said Jesus J. Perales, Head Football Coach for Del Valle High School. “The feel of the turf is excellent. It has a certain bounce to it. Your body feels better after being on it a few hours as opposed to natural grass,” said Perales.
The athletes and coaches have embraced the new Matrix Turf 100%. “It has changed the dynamics of our practices and team structure for the best - it has completely changed the look of our stadium and I get compliments on the design all the time,” said Ysleta High School’s Head Football Coach, Joe Martinez. “Hellas representatives have been ready to serve us at any moment’s notice in order to better the experience of our kids during this transition,” said Martinez.
The second phase of the project includes the installation of outfield fencing, backstop walls, and netting at all the baseball and softball fields, as well as new batting cages, electrical services, scoreboards, and stadium lighting. Additionally, Hellas will also be installing new lighting systems to every tennis court facility. The project is to be finalized before the end of the year.
“We’re very proud of this project,” said Jesus Moreno, Hellas Project Manager. “After wrapping up phase one, we’re excited to keep the momentum moving forward with our work for the school district. It has definitely been a great experience working with Ysleta ISD,” said Perales.