Facility Planning & Operations: Planning & Design

A tennis court is not a parking lot. A running track is not a street. These statements should be so obvious as to not even warrant mention. But, evidently, they're not obvious to many people embarking on new facility construction. Too many instances occur of tracks and courts being built that don't meet the recommended specifications for their construction...

Competition Athletic Surfaces Installs Spurtan E Surface On Chattanooga Lookouts Warning Track

AT&T Field, home of the Chattanooga Lookouts, with its brand new Spurtan E warning track installed by Competition Athletic Surfaces

It seems appropriate that a team named the “Lookouts” would pay close attention to their warning track. That may be why Chattanooga’s AA Southern League baseball team called in Competition Athletic Surfaces to re-vamp their perimeter surface.

“We needed to replace both our warning track and the perimeter drainage system and I wanted a solution that we could count on to last for many years,” said Lookouts owner Frank Burke. Burke knew of two Major League ballparks that had employed a running track-type surface for their warning track, and he was interested in doing something similar at the team’s AT&T Field.

The first order of business was to excavate the old track. Steve Clift, president of Competition Athletic Construction, oversaw the project, working closely with Bo Henley, the ball club’s head groundskeeper. They replaced the perimeter drainage system, installing a SportsEdge XT running track-type slot drain, and then covered it with asphalt pavement.

Competition Athletic Surfaces Installs PlexiPave PG System To Cap MS State Indoor Tennis Track

It is tough to compete in your league’s indoor tennis season when you don’t have an dedicated indoor tennis facility, but that’s the position Mississippi State coach Per Nilsson found himself in last year. When the Bulldogs moved indoors to McCarthy Gym for the winter, they had to compete for time and space with the university’s robotics and physical education programs. As if that competitive disadvantage wasn’t enough, the retrofitted multi-purpose rubberized floor made the bounce of the tennis ball anything but true.

Scrappy work goes on

As expected, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team will not hold spring practice at Scrappy Moore Field this year. The Mocs will be at Finley Stadium when the offseason sessions kick off on Feb. 28.

Mocs coach Russ Huesman hopes that once the renovation of Scrappy is complete, the days of practicing at Finley will be over.

"I think it's going to give us a chance to never have to go back to Finley unless it's a game or a big-time scrimmage," Huesman said of the major renovation.

CAS Helps North Georgia Field of Dreams Come True

A unique playing surface installed by Chattanooga's Competition Athletic Construction will make the Phil Niekro Field near Gainesville, Georgia accessible to the entire community, including athletes with disabilities.

The ball field, which is named in honor of the former Atlanta Braves pitching ace, is part of Alberta Banks Park in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Mr. Niekro threw out the celebratory first pitch when the facility opened in November.

According to Steve Clift, president of Competition Athletic Construction, the playing field is surfaced with high-end resilient matting, the same material used in collegiate and Olympic-caliber Mondo Super X running tracks. The result is a surface that accommodates wheelchairs in competitive conditions.

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