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Sep 21, 2020

Ranney School First in the Country to Install Elite Turf Power System

Ranney School partnered with Princeton Soccer Academy (PSA) to install Elite Turf, Powered by Act Global on the Panthers’ soccer, field hockey and lacrosse field. With the $578,000 installment made possible by PSA, Ranney becomes the only turf field in the country with this new, innovative system. This fall, Ranney and PSA will also partner on a $1 million project to create a second turf field on the school’s grounds with Elite Turf, Powered by Act Global.

Other teams feature ACT Global turf, such as the Pittsburgh Steelers practice facility, University of Kentucky, US Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings), Chicago Bears practice facility, and the Arizona Cardinals’ practice facility. But Ranney School is the first in the country to have the comprehensive, state-of-the-art Elite Turf Power System installed. This system features both groundbreaking woven turf and non-rubber crumb infill using ocean plastic.

“We are excited to partner with Princeton Soccer Academy to give our students across all ages the opportunity to train and play on this state-of-the-art technology that will increase the safety for our student-athletes,” said Ranney School Athletic Director Natalie Gorman. “The ability to feature the same playing surface as the professionals use on our campus is an incredible benefit for our students. This system will increase the playing hours, be better on the environment, and will be the new home to our soccer, field hockey and lacrosse programs.”

The field provides a safer, healthier, non-rubber crumb infill that’s not only better for athletes, but also for the environment. The patent-pending infill aids in removing 40,000 pounds of ocean plastic per field, while avoiding the controversial ground up tire infill found in the majority of fields.

In addition to the field turf, the spring and summer have been busy with capital projects on Ranney’s campus, including resurfacing five tennis courts, as well as the pool, and baseball and softball fields. The aesthetics of the Gerhard Pavilion for Athletics has been upgraded, and a Welcome Center and Panther Den school store were added. Additional projects such as enhancements to the community garden including a new outdoor classroom and alumni patio with pizza oven are in the final stages, and future capital improvements are in the planning stages as well.