Sam Boyd Stadium
To significantly upgrade the safety and performance value of the Sam Boyd Stadium field, base, and turf system, the J.A. Tiberti Construction team pulled together many moving parts in a short period of time. With an 81 day timeline, we negotiated the design-build aspects of this project with Novus Architecture of Las Vegas. Our management was instrumental in making the safety of all athletes a priority, in addition to broadening the stadium's appeal for a wider range of sporting events.
The renovation removed the first two rows of seating to widen the field and fit World Rugby and FIFA standards. During the demolition phase, approximately 500 tons of concrete and reinforcing were removed. The removals made way for the turf manufacturer and installer, SPRINTURF, to design a new turf system that includes a polyethylene fibrillated synthetic grass with an expanded 14 mm foam shock pad. According to research by BioMechanica, LLC, the Brock PowerBase 14 mm pad installed at Sam Boyd Stadium reduces the chances of traumatic brain injury by 50%, when compared to a typical synthetic turf laid over a stone base. Additionally, the approved infill combination of sand and rubber satisfies the stringent requirements of world class sports organizations.
In fact, Sam Boyd Stadium now boasts the only synthetic turf field in the country that meets the strict criteria and safety standards of three prominent sports organizations: World Rugby, FIFA, and the NCAA. Rigorous laboratory testing in Europe and on-site, ensured that slope, evenness, player/surface interaction, and ball/surface interaction upheld the standards of these three organizations and that of UNLV. With this project, J.A. Tiberti Construction Company provided a solid foundation critical to making Sam Boyd Stadium a top quality field for years to come.