The Gordie Howe Sports Complex will feature some of the best playing surfaces across Canada. Once the face-lift for Saskatoon’s multi-sport facility is complete it will feature state-of-the-art facilities for football, soccer, softball, baseball, speed skating, cross-country skiing, track and field, ultimate frisbee, hockey, rugby and lacrosse.
Ken Pipe who works for the company who has developed the modern playing surfaces for the Gordie How complex has been involved with close to 150 projects across the country. He was impressed with the commitment by the “friends of the bowl” to the Saskatoon enterprise.
“I have never seen, anywhere across the country, an overall facility which caters to so many sports, which has been funded largely by the community efforts which we have seen here so far,” said Pipe. “So to build this facility it really is a tribute to all those people who are running this project.”
One of the cutting edge surfaces being installed at the complex is FieldTurf CORE. Pipe said it will be first such surface in Canada and be among the best across the continent.
“What’s going into this project is literally all of our leading products that we have in the market today,” said Pipe. “Starting with our artificial turf playing surface “FieldTurf CORE”, we have installed it in the NFL at Foxboro Stadium where the Patriots and New England revolution play. “
The Friends of the Bowl Foundation has raised about 16-million dollars toward the 42-million dollar project which is slated for completion in the spring of 2019.