HELLAS CONSTRUCTION SELECTED BY LAMAR UNIVERSITY FOR BASEBALL STADIUM UPGRADE
Hellas’ proven experience and exceptional reputation for timely construction of new synthetic turf fields secures this local Texas company for the baseball stadium project. Lamar University is on the cutting edge of technology on the diamond with Hellas Construction’s FusionTMTriple Play turf for theinfield and FusionTMXP2for the outfield of Vincent-Beck Baseball Stadium. The Cardinals, who have had a lot of success under third year head baseball coach Will Davis, are enjoying the fruits of their labor with a major upgrade to their playing field set to open in the Spring of 2019.
Hellas is able to get this project started right away since they use their own trained and experienced crews and equipment to construct the field for the new synthetic turf surface. What makes this FusionTMTriple Play turf special is the combination of fibers which requires less rubber infill, allowing for a truer bounce of the baseball for infielders. Meanwhile, the Fusion XP2is designed for the outfielders to get more consistent bounces from the ball after it is hit. With this new Triple Play turf field, other benefits for Lamar University include reduced maintenance and less rain outs, which also saves on resources.
Lamar’s football program began a partnership with Hellas in 2010 when the Austin based company installed Matrix Turf and its patented RealfillTMwith a unique silica pea gravel base at Provost Umphrey Stadium eight years ago.Lamar University Director of Athletics Marco Born says“We are very excited to once again be working with Hellas Construction. Hellas is one of the leaders in sport facility construction and turf installation.” Born added about Hellas, “We built a strong relationship with them during the installation of the Matrix Turf at Provost Umphrey Stadium in 2010. The installation is under way at Vincent-Beck Stadium and we’re looking forward to the 2019 season.”The Cardinals aren’t the only performers on this turf looking forward to the 2019 season, as the 16,000-seat stadium has also been the site for soccer, concerts and other entertainment.
Lamar head baseball coach Will Davis played for LSU (2004-7) and later coached 8 seasons with his alma-mater in Baton Rouge, Louisiana before becoming the manager of the Cardinals baseball team in 2016. “We are excited to be working with such a reputable company as Hellas,” Davis says. “Their list of clients and the reviews from those clients,” Davis adds, “is very exciting and their proximity to us in Houston should provide a great working relationship.” Davis follows Lamar’s Hall of Fame legendary head coach Jim Gilligan, who won close to 1,400 baseball games in his college baseball coaching career.
The Cardinals baseball team is coming off a 19-win season in 2018, but had 33 wins the year before, including victories over national powers Baylor and Rice University in 2017. Lamar upset LSU and Texas in Davis’ first year as head coach in 2016. The Cardinals are one of the preseason favorites in 2019
Hellas Construction, Inc. headquartered in Austin, TX, is one of the largest sports construction contractors in the United States. While specializing in the general construction of sports facilities and synthetic surfaces, Hellas also champions innovative artificial turf manufacturing, base construction, field, track and tennis planning, installation and maintenance. Hellas Construction is the Official Turf Provider of the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium, The Star at Frisco TX, and Ford Center. Hellas is the Preferred Turf Provider of the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium, the exclusive turf provider for the Jacksonville Jaguars at their new indoor practice facility and the Miami Dolphins indoor training facility.HellasConstruction.com
Lamar Universityis located in Beaumont, Texas and was founded on September 17, 1923. Lamar has been a member of the Texas State University System since 1995. Enrollment fluctuates annually around 15,000 students. The University is named for Mirabeau B. Lamar, the second president of the Republic of Texas. The Lamar Cardinals participate athletically in the NCAA Division I - Southland Conference. Lamar.edu
Louisiana State Universityis located in Baton Rouge, LA and was founded in 1853. LSU occupies a 650-acre plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River. With over 25,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students, LSU is known for its research facilities operating around 800 sponsored research projects. The LSU Tigers participate athletically in the NCAA Division I - Southeastern Conference. LSU.edu
University of Texasis located in Austin, Texas and was founded in 1883. The flagship institution of the University of Texas System is a Public Ivy and a major center for academic research. With the 8thlargest single campus enrollment of 50,000 undergraduates, the University of Texas is home to 11 Nobel Prize winners. The Texas Longhorns participate athletically in the NCAA Division I - Big 12 Conference. UTexas.edu
Baylor Universityis located in Waco, Texas and is the largest private Baptist university if the world. Chartered in 1845 by the last Congress of the Republic of Texas, it is the oldest continuously operated university in Texas. The Baylor Bears participate athletically in the NCAA Division I - Big 12 Conference. Baylor.edu
Rice Universityis located in Houston, Texas close to the Houston Museum District and Texas Medical Center. Opened in 1912, Rice University recently had $140.2 Million in sponsored research funding. With an emphasis on education with its 6:1 ratio of student-faculty, the school has just over 7,000 students enrolled. The Rice Owls participate athletically in NCAA Division I - Conference USA. Rice.edu
October 24, 2018
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