Green, green grass of dome

Just a few days before the NFL lockout ended, state-of-the-art artificial turf was laid inside the dome at UIndy’s new Athletics & Recreation Center, the designated practice site for this season’s NFC champions in advance of Indianapolis’s first Super Bowl, February 5, 2012. The building’s transformation into an indoor football facility, funded by contributions to the Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee’s legacy projects, is only temporary. Next year, the turf will be removed and installed on the football field at Arsenal Technical High School.

UIndy will then install flooring to restore the ARC to its original purpose as a field sports and multipurpose facility for use by athletes and non-athletes alike. The material itself comes from leading supplier FieldTurf and features a new type of green fiber designed to be more like real grass and more durable than previous kinds of turf. Once the carpet-like turf was in place, another crew filled in between the fibers with sand and pulverized rubber bits to create a simulated soil that provides a cushion against falls. Just in case Portico hits your mailbox in time: the official dedication for the ARC is September 1, 2011.