April 30, 2001
GreenTech ITM Sports Field System To Be Installed
Construction In Lane Stadium/Worsham Field To Start After Graduation

GreenTech, Inc. of Richmond, Va. announces a contract to install the GreenTech ITM natural grass sports field system in Virginia Tech's Lane Stadium for the upcoming football season. The ITM System is highly innovative and widely considered as a "top of the line" sports field system. Virginia Tech will be the first university in the country to use this system. The ITM system is also in Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands for NFL football and MLS soccer, used by the Giants, Jets and Metro Stars and in Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales where it will host the 2001 F.A. Cup soccer championship. GreenTech announced last month that Michigan State University will be constructing an ITM field this spring for Spartan Stadium to be installed for the 2002 football season.

"Virginia Tech has a smart community, a smart highway, a smart football coach, and now a smart football field", said Chris Scott, CEO of GreenTech and a graduate of Virginia Tech. "The fact that two of the nations top turf research institutions chose our system is a great endorsement for our product."

The ITM System will provide Virginia Tech a football field with a flat playing surface, excellent drainage, an air vacuum and blower system with the possibility of adding heat in the future, remote monitoring and control of field conditions and maintenance procedures, the ability to use better varieties of sports turf in their climate, the ability to move sections of the field out of the way for next years planned stadium expansion, and the possibility of hosting concerts in Lane Stadium during football season without damaging the field.

"The ITM System offers features that provide the opportunity to accommodate additional events in Lane Stadium which can generate significant revenue for the university", said Scott.

Virginia Tech has one of the top turf programs in the country so it was easier for them to understand why this system makes sense from an agronomic standpoint. Athletics and administration also understand it from the practical side. "I am excited about their decision. I applaud their willingness to be innovative." The decision to do this was a team effort, including the athletic, football, administrative and turf research departments. "They were very professional in their approach and used all of their in-house expertise to make the decision," said Scott.

How the ITM System works:

"Modular turf is the next logical step toward the perfect athletic field system. The ITM system is outstanding in meeting these needs," said Dr. Trey Rogers, PhD, Michigan State University.

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