Spring is in the air and the Nimitz Vikings are on the surface of Hellas Construction’s Matrix Turf with Helix technology, which adds longevity to the field. The twisted Helix fibers add structure, strength and a better field performance. Say goodbye to bad hops and hello to outstanding playability and unbelievable appearance for both softball and baseball.
“The Irving Athletics Department is beyond excited to begin the 2019 baseball and softball seasons with Hellas Matrix Helix turf in place,” says Irving ISD Athletic Director Clint Roddy. The REALFILLTMinfill at Nimitz is designed for durability, better drainage and consistent ball roll. Hellas offers high density, replaceable carpet with shorter pile height for high traffic areas where sliding takes place. Roddy adds, “Our student-athletes and coaches will truly reap the benefits of these premier playing surfaces.”
The Helix monofilament fibers installed at Nimitz are exceptionally strong and manufactured at the Hellas fiber facility in Dadeville, Alabama. The tufting process begins at the Hellas textile plant in Chatsworth, Georgia. The end result is a personable touch with character for each squad. Hellas installed the letter “N” logo in center field for the Lady Vikes softball team. The Viking baseball team received a custom halo with Nimitz emblazoned around the home plate batter’s box.
From start to finish, Irving ISD has been on board with Hellas dating back to 2015 when Nimitz had their on-campus football field converted from grass to Matrix Turf with REALFILLInfill. This feature still provides fiber support, energy restitution, enhanced shock absorption and rapid drainage. Along with a cushdrain®, an epiQ S200®IAAF certified track was installed at Nimitz high school as well. “The partnership with Hellas has been outstanding,” Roddy says.Hellas also installed Matrix Turf at the multi-purpose stadium in Irving ISD, which includes football, soccer and lacrosse games. Irving ISD high schools including Nimitz, MacArthur and Irving play outdoor varsity sports at this stadium.
Hellas is the official turf provider of the Dallas Cowboys and their practice facility at the Star in Frisco. Hellas is the preferred turf provider of the Houston Texans and the Houston Methodist Training Center. Hellas is the exclusive turf provider of the Jacksonville Jaguars practice facility and an official partner with the Miami Dolphins in their practice facility as well. Hellas is a proud partner of the Raiders and the official artificial turf provider of the Las Vegas Stadium.
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. HellasConstruction.com
Irving Nimitz High School is located near Dallas in Irving, Texas.Named for U.S. Navy Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, it’s one of 5 public high schools in Irving ISD. In 2009, the school was rated “academically acceptable” by the Texas Education Agency. irvingisd.net
Dallas Cowboys Football Club headquartered at The Star in Frisco, TX, with home games at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, the Cowboys are part of the NFL’s NFC East. dallascowboys.com
Houston Texans headquartered in Houston, TX at NRG Stadium, the Texans entered the NFL in 2002 and are part of the NFL's AFC South Division. houstontexans.com
Miami Dolphins headquartered in Davie, FL., with home field at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, and are part of the NFL's AFC East Division. miamidolphins.com
Jacksonville Jaguars headquartered in Jacksonville, FL, playing at TIAA Bank Field, formerly Everbank Field. The Jaguars play in the NFL’s AFC South Division. jaguars.com
Las Vegas Stadium located in Paradise, Nevada will be the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders in 2020. lasvegasstadium.raiders.com