Razsorbacks Football

University of Arkansas’s Tahoma 31 is a winner!

About Project

The University of Arkansas Razorbacks won their SEC season opener with a score of 20-13 on August 31, 2019, against the Portland State Vikings. While the win was welcome, the story of the day wasn’t so much the play on the field, but the field itself. Razorbacks stadium had just undergone a complete removal of the old artificial turf field and was renovated with Tahoma 31 natural grass.

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In an interview with Whole Hog Sports immediately following the inaugural  game, Pat Berger, STM, CGCS, Director of Sports Turf Operations at the University of Arkansas, was quoted as saying, “It did great. This was our first big test: three times in less than 24 hours” referring to practices on Friday by both teams, then the game on Saturday, after which no divots were visible.

“In the past you could create large divots. In this case, none were evident,” Berger said.

The Winstead Turf Farms team was on-site for the installation and attended the season opener to see in actiono the grass they’d grown specifically for this stadium.

“We felt the field’s performance was amazing. It performed like we expected and will only improve with time. This field performed as good as any in the country and was only 18-weeks old (from initial planting at the farm through harvest, installation and grow-in) at the time of the first game,” said Doug Estes, Winstead Turf Farms General Manager. 

In the media, Razorback players and coaches weighed in on the renovation from artificial turf back to natural grass. Coach Chad Morris said in an interview, “It doesn’t get much better than that. When it’s perfectly manicured, it’s a special sight. More than anything, it’s the true element of football. Especially in a place like Arkansas which is the Natural State.”

Berger said the feedback he received was overwhelmingly positive.

“| think it came out better than they thought it would … the whole university and the state are standing behind us. Everybody’s glad about it. | have not heard anyone say anything negative about the field at any time.”

Riverside Turf
18161 Sandy Point Rd
Charles City, VA 23030
morgan@riversideturf.com
804-829-2608

Winstead Turf Farms Inc
22860 Hwy 196
Arlington, TN 38002
bobby@winsteadturffarms.com
901-491-5025

South Turf, (DBA New Life Turf)
7500 Savannah Hwy
Neeses, SC 29107
afogle@newlifeturf.com
acribb@newlifeturf.com
800-752-1035

Riverview Sod Ranch
14616 E 146 St South
Leonard, OK 74043
riverviewsod@yahoo.com
918-232-5673

Sod by Sherry
7700 N Heaston Rd.
Calumet, OK 73014
sodbysherry@gmail.com
405-630-8710

Carolina Green
10108 Indian Trail Fairway Rd
Indian Trail, NC 28079
kprice@cgcfields.com
704-753-1707 ext 105

Chapman Sod
19 Harris Plant Cir
Rutherfordton, NC 28139
jspears@inmanmills.com
864-680-3509

Carolina Turf Farms, Inc.
PO Box 850
Raeford, NC 28376
ncsodman@carolinaturffarms.com
910-875-6141

Tuckahoe Turf Farms
401 Myrtle Avenue
Hammonton, NJ 08037
acarter@ttfarms.com
609-685-0475

Greenfield Turf
PO Box 138
Gordonville, MO 63752
Greenfieldturffarm@hotmail.com
573-450-4058

Keeven Bros Sod
602 Laura Hill Rd
St. Peters, MO 63376
Drewkeeven@keevenbrothers.com
636-544-9706

Keevenbrothers.com

Central Sod of Maryland
920 John Brown Rd
Centreville, MD 21617
team@centralsodmd.com
https://plantsod.com
410-827-5000

Grass Masters IN
2300 W 350
North Patoka, IN 47666
pam@gmsod.com
812-779-5468

Hawaiian Turfgrass
94-840 Lanikuhana St.
Mililani, HI 96789
hawaiianturfgrass@gmail.com
808-371-0527

Legacy Turf Farms
850 Indian Mounds Rd
Cartersville, GA 30120
ccurrent@legacygolfmgmt.com
770-607-0491

Southeastern Sod
735 Hooks Mill Rd
Americus, GA 31709
rickfp@msn.com
303-289-4761

Green Valley Turf
13159 N. US Hwy 85
Littleton, CO 80125
joe3@gvt.net
303-359-5793

Scienturfic Sod
12442 Tower Rd
Commerce City, CO 80022
303-289-4761

West Coast Turf
42-540 Melanie Place
Palm Desert, CA 92211
mel.williams@gmail.com
760-340-7300

Poinsett Turfgrass LLC
PO Box 48
Harrisburg, AR 72432
poinsett.co@gmail.com
870-761-0355

AUSTRALIA

JAPAN

Soil Maxx
Tokyo, Japan
msato@soilmaxx.com
81-80-3359-8747

VIETNAM

Outfield Nurseries
Ngoc Giang Hamlet, Vinh Ngoc Commune
Dong Anh, Hanoi Vietnam 100000
jason@outfieldasia.com
84-24-3514-8592