AUSTIN, Texas — Hellas Construction is installing new turf for Eddie G. Robinson Memorial Stadium at Grambling State University. Excitement is growing about the new possibilities that artificial turf brings.
Paul “Tiger” Bryant was hired in January as director of athletics and one top priority was stadium renovations. Out of five turf companies that submitted proposals, Hellas was the only one to ask for a geotechnical report to look below the surface.
They selected Hellas.
Hellas will be installing Matrix® Turf, organic Geo Plus® Infill, and Cushdrain® Pad. Hellas’ Cushdrain Pad allows for proper drainage, absorbs stress and diffuses points of impact, adding safety for athletes with increased shock absorption, reducing concussions.
The 100% organic Geo Plus
The 100% organic Geo Plus® Infill is recyclable, made from select cork and coconut fibers, which resists compaction, increases traction and will reduce field temperatures up to 40 degrees, compared to rubber infill.
“The game day experience will be something we’ve never had at Grambling. This is going to transform the way we are looked at and opens doors for opportunities to host more than just football games,” said Bryant.
Head Coach Broderick Fobbs said, “We are champions and champions deserve to play on a field as such.” They went 11-1 last year, winning the SWAC Championship and HBCU National Championship at the Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl.
Rick Gallot, university president said, “As exciting as this is for our alumni and fans, it’s really exciting for our football players and band members. Our World Famed Tiger Marching Band members are truly thrilled that they get to perform on a top tier turf.”
The first home game is September 9 and an extra home game was added October 28, for the annual homecoming game.
About Hellas Construction, Inc.
Headquartered in Austin, TX, Hellas Contruction, Inc. is one of the largest sports construction contractors in the U.S., specializing in the general construction of sports facilities with innovative artificial turf manufacturing and installation, base construction, field, track, and tennis planning, installation, and maintenance. Visit hellasconstruction.com.
About Grambling State University
Grambling State University, located in Grambling Louisiana, is a historically black university founded in 1901. The University is accredited by 13 accrediting associations and holds accreditations in all programs required by Louisiana Board of Regents. The 590-acre campus offers 43 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Grambling State University is a member of the University of Louisiana System.