September 22, 2006
Charlotte, NC - The Carolina Panthers and the Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department will celebrate the opening of a new synthetic turf field at Revolution Park September 26, 2005 at 4:30 p.m. Revolution Park is located in west Charlotte at 2425 Barringer Drive.
Players from the Police Athletic League (ages 7 -13) will inaugurate the synfield by running through a giant inflatable Panther head with fireworks blazing in the background, in the same manner the Carolina Panthers take the field at Bank of America Stadium. The Police Athletic League (P.A.L.), which sponsors 16 Pop Warner football teams, will be primary user of the field. Players from the P.A.L. Central 49ers, Metro Bears, and Westover Bengals will make the inaugural run and participate in football drills with equipment provided by the Panthers.
Panthers linebacker Chris Draft, team mascot Sir Purr and several TopCats cheerleaders will join the colorful spectacle. Members of the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the Park and Recreation Commission will make brief remarks.
Carolina Panthers Charities made a $200,000 matching grant through the NFL Youth Football Fund to help the County build the field, just off Remount Road and Barringer Drive. The field is emblazoned with colorful logos of the Panthers and Park and Rec's mascot Ray (Recreate All Year). This field will also host soccer, lacrosse, and rugby, as well as Pass, Punt and Kick competitions. The total cost for the field, fence, lights, bleachers and drainage was $750,000.
While synthetic turf costs more to install, it pays for itself over time through savings. Synthetic turf does not have to be mowed, fertilized, irrigated, aerated, or sprayed for weeds. While many natural grass fields are worn down to dirt every year by heavy use, synthetic turf never needs be reseeded. It sustains more hours of play, in all kinds of weather, all year.
This synthetic field is one of several major improvements coming to Revolution Park in west Charlotte. A new regional recreation center is now in planning stages, often referred to as a "sports and learning academy." With construction scheduled to start in the fall of 2007, it has a $10 million budget. It is expected to include a new golf club house, indoor track, computer learning center, classrooms, offices, daycare, and rooms for community use.