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CoverSports GymGuard® Gym Floor Covers Recruited to Protect Ithaca's New Indoor Facility Floor

Ithaca College recently unveiled its $65.5 million state-of-the-art indoor Athletics and Events Center. The arena serves as a practice facility for a several sports teams as well as for campus and community functions. There was concern about damage to the floor area as the arena was converted for use from one event to another.

Humphrys-CoverSports provided the solution by supplying 68,000 square feet of its 32-ounce GymGuard Gym Floor Covers, including seven Premier Mobile Storage Racks, which facilitate safe, fast and easy covering of the gym floor’s surface. Now the new space can be used for multiple purposes without damaging the floor. The GymGuard system will preserve and extend the life of the Athletic and Events Center floor, protecting the multi-million dollar investment.

For information about CoverSports’ complete range of coverings and other products please visit our website, call 800-445-6680 or email us at, or write Sales, 5000 Paschall Ave, Philadelphia PA 19143.

Hinding Tennis Completes New Chelsea Piers Tennis Complex

Chelsea Piers Partner David Tewksbury spent over a year working with Tom Hinding of Hinding Tennis researching different types of cushioned surfaces. "When we saw the Cushion Extreme surface at the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club we were instantly sold. Hinding educated us on 10 & Under Tennis & we are now equipped with a facility that will cater to all ages". Hinding completed the project in 14 working days. I have never been more excited about a project in my entire career, stated Tom Hinding. This is a facility that you will hear about & send people to the rest of our lives. It was a true pleasure to work with Chelsea Piers. Gigi Fernandez, former number 1 in the world was recently hired as director of tennis. July 9, 2012 is the grand opening.

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Mateflex Resurfaces Rooftop Tennis Courts and Track at NYU

Mateflex recently completed a rooftop renovation for New York University at their Coles Sports and Recreation Center. The staff at NYU was looking for a cost-effective solution to improve their aging rooftop facilities. The existing surface had deteriorated to the point where it became a safety hazard and resulted in the courts having to be closed for several years. Mateflex worked closely with their local representative to come up with a solution to recreate NYU’s six-bank tennis court with a running track around it utilizing their school colors that turned a problem area into a unique multi-use space. When the base repairs were complete, Mateflex installed over 51,000 square feet of their Mateflex II tiles on this rooftop in Manhattan. Mateflex II is specifically engineered from the ground up for tennis play. A Mateflex surface combines the comfort and resiliency of a soft court with the durability and low maintenance of a hard court. One of the deciding factors when choosing a surface for this rooftop project was the unique design of the Mateflex surface which allows it to be fastened around the outside perimeter of the court to the subsurface. This is done for several practical reasons:

  1. To prevent physical or thermal movement of the surface throughout its long service life.

  2. To allow the surface to be trimmed close to the side-stops, backstops and net posts without leaving excessive space for thermal expansion.

  3. To maintain accurate playing line dimensions that will not vary due to temperature.

  4. To provide a continuous playing surface – even on large multiple court layouts - without any breaks.

  5. To prevent vandals from lifting and damaging the edge of the court.

Mateflex is the oldest U.S. modular tile manufacturer, operating continuously in the same location since 1974.

For more information about Mateflex and its products and services, please visit our website  call 1-800-926-3539 or email us  


Turf Powerhouses of the South, Medallion and Shaw Sportexe Announce Exlcusive Partnership

The synthetic turf industry has seen incredible growth in the sports sector, with its ability to perform under intense climate conditions, withstand thousands of hours of play and fulfill the intense demands of multiple sports - Is it any wonder that synthetic sport fields are in such high demand these days?

Athletic programs in the Southeast, a region known for its uniquely warm and wet climate, mild winters, high humidity and droughts, have suffered significantly trying to maintain natural turf in such difficult and unpredictable weather conditions. As the acceptance of synthetic turf systems and their benefits increase in scope, industry leaders like Shaw Sportexe, manufacturer and installer of synthetic turf, strategically plan for growth by building strong industry relationships.

The exclusive partnership with top-rated sports contractor Medallion, known for their comprehensive project management, in-house base and turf installation and excellent customer service in the Southeast region, strengthens market penetration and provides a better overall experience for our increased customer base. Medallion will offer Shaw's full line of synthetic sports turf systems. Together, Shaw Sportexe and Medallion have already surpassed competitors as the leading resource for synthetic turf in the Southeast with a combined 9 million square feet of turf installed.

“What makes this relationship so impressive is that we’ve combined the best products with the best installers to form one of the strongest alliances in the turf business,” said Matt Broughton, President of Medallion. “There is undoubtedly no one more capable of delivering a more superior playing field.”

Both companies tout several high profile installations, including the likes of South Carolina State, Baltimore Ravens, Georgia Tech, University of Arkansas, Hendrick Motorsports and Camp Lejeune.

“Our partnership with Medallion is a solid move,” said Dan Clark, General Manager of Shaw's Turf Division. “Our core values are aligned, with integrity taking the forefront. We are confident, that as a combined entity, we will provide the best products and services to our customers in the Southeast.”

About Shaw Sportexe
A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., Shaw Sportexe is one of the leading synthetic turf companies in North America and Canada. Shaw Sportexe has represented quality and innovation for more than two decades with over 900 successful installations, including an impressive list of high-profile field installations. For more information, please visit, call 866-703-4004 or find us on Facebook.

About Medallion
Medallion Athletic Products, Inc., is a licensed general contractor and subcontractor of athletic surfaces required for virtually every type of sports venue. The company, headquartered in Mooresville, N.C., specializes in solutions for athletic facilities and surfacing with a focus on venues in the Southeastern U.S. Since its founding in 1996, Medallion has provided extensive expertise, comprehensive project management, in-house installation and excellence in service to individuals, high schools and colleges, parks and recreation departments and general contractors.

In addition to turf products, Medallion offers track surfaces and synthetic sports flooring, for indoor and outdoor sports venues.. For more information, visit, call 888-600-3412 or find Medallion Athletic Products on Facebook.

SportMaster Sport Surfaces Adds 12 New Company Stores in 2012

SportMaster continues to grow in 2012 with 12 new U.S. locations. SportMaster 100% acrylic surfaces for tennis, basketball, roller hockey, and running tracks are distributed through the SealMaster franchise system. Stores carry the full line of sport surfacing products from coatings, tools, and equipment to specialized silica sands. Products can be picked up at the locations or shipped directly to jobsites and contractor warehouses.

The new stores are located in the following areas:

  • Mobile, Alabama

  • Kennesaw, Georgia

  • Duluth, Georgia

  • Henderson, Kentucky

  • Grand Rapids, Michigan

  • Pascagoula, Mississippi

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Albany, New York

  • North Charleston, South Carolina

  • Harlingen, Texas

  • Lufkin, Texas

  • Roanoke, Virginia

For more details and contact information on new or existing locations, please visit  

Synthetic Surfaces, Inc. Releases Statement on "Changing a Specification"

An argument for a specification “change” before or after a bid is won is often accompanied by a seemingly “legitimate” sounding reason. However, it will often have an ulterior motive behind it. This happens when NORDOT® Adhesive is specified and the bidder wants to use either less adhesive (ex. strip gluing vs. total glue-down) or a different, cheaper adhesive.

Bottom line: Does the specification “change” put more money in their pocket at the customer’s risk? If so, BEWARE!

UCS Completes Work at Citibank Ballpark

UCS, Inc recently completed stadium padding work at the Citibank Ballpark part of the Scharbauer Sports Complex in Midland Texas. Citibank Ballpark is home to the Midland RockHounds, a AA affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Work at the stadium included:

  • Manufactured padding specific to the dimension of this ballpark.

  • Padding for outfield areas, foul line walls, and rail padding throughout

  • UCS Professional installation covering 18' and 12' tall concrete walls - 10' tall fenced bullpen - top rail fence padding

  • Special gate padding for access

UCS in-house engineering and production worked closely with the stadium managers to create custom length/width panels for perfect stadium fit. Padding was created using exclusive UV protected vinyl and high grade polyurethane foam. UCS Professional installation team secured panels in a combination of methods depending on the support structure (Concrete / brick walls - fencing - railing or wood backed areas. These options ensure that the padding will retain its shape, provide safety for fans and players, and look sharp for years to come. We are available anytime to measure and price your stadium padding needs Custom graphics or wind screens also available.

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