Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Naturally, This Means The Game Won't Be In Provo

For Immediate Release Contacts: Trey Fitz-Gerald (801) 856-8877 www.RealSaltLake.com tfitz@realsaltlake.com Spencer Checketts (801) 870-3150 schecketts@realsaltlake.com Real Salt Lake & Real Madrid TO MAKE MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT WEDNESDAY at Rice-Eccles Stadium RSL Owner David W. Checketts to be Joined by Real Madrid Executives Emilio Butragueño and Ivan Bravo For Press Conference to Announce Details of Real Madrid’s Visit to Utah SALT LAKE CITY (Tuesday, June 6, 2006) – Real Salt Lake invites local media and VIPs to Rice–Eccles Stadium TOMORROW, Wednesday, June 7 at 12:00 noon, as RSL Owner David W. Checketts and Emilio Butragueño, Vice President of Sport, Real Madrid, will announce several of the final details of Real Madrid’s visit to Utah for an August 12 friendly against Real Salt Lake. REAL SALT LAKE v. REAL MADRID PRESS CONFERENCE WHAT: Real Salt Lake/Real Madrid Press Conference WHEN: Wednesday, June 7th – LUNCH will be served 11:30 AM PRESS CONFERENCE @ 12:00 noon WHERE: Rice-Eccles Stadium, 4th Floor 451 South 1400 East Salt Lake City, UT 84112 GUESTS: David W. Checketts – Owner, Real Salt Lake Emilio Butragueño – VP of Sport, Real Madrid Ivan Bravo – VP of Business Operations, Real Madrid Miguel Angel Hernandez – Director of International Business, Real Madrid John Ellinger – Head Coach, Real Salt Lake Jason Kreis – Captain, Real Salt Lake Michael Young – President, University of Utah Arnie Combe – Vice President, University of Utah PARKING: RSL has a moratorium over the Rice-Eccles parking lot during this time. Media will be allowed to park in any available stall.


Blogger Utah Conservative said...

Bummer, since I live in Utah County I wanted it in Provo. Too bad.

Could they play in the gravel that Speaker Curtis wants them to use? :)

Oh well, let us know when tickets are on sale

6/06/2006 03:50:00 PM  
Blogger theorris said...

A real dumb question from a completely illeterate soccertarian: are there any pro-soccer team anywhere that play on astroturf? American Football disdains it too. I'm surprised the U still has it despite their remodeling.

6/06/2006 07:22:00 PM  
Blogger Stenar said...

Rice-Eccles Stadium does not use AstroTurf and it never has.

From Wikipedia:
FieldTurf is the third surface in Rice-Eccles Stadium's history. When
the stadium opened in 1998, it was lined with SportsGrass, a hybrid
of natural grass and artificial turf that the university experimented
with from 1995-99. In 2000, natural grass replaced the SportsGrass
and was in place until the end of the 2001 season, when it was
covered by blacktop for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the
2002 Winter Olympics.

FieldTurf is a Montreal-based company which installs artificial grass
playing surfaces. FieldTurf uses a sand and crumb rubber mixture to
mimic natural soil, and special plastic shafts are used to simulate
blades of grass. FieldTurf is a major synthetic turf competitor,
contributing to the replacement of what was once the most popular
artificial turf, AstroTurf. As of 2005, seven out of the nine
Canadian Football League teams had installed either FieldTurf or a
similar surface, as had a number of National Football League and
Major League Baseball clubs. Many high schools have also started
using Field Turf.

6/07/2006 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger Stenar said...

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6/07/2006 08:44:00 AM  
Blogger Stenar said...

Here's a list of high-profile soccer clubs which use FieldTurf (mostly in Europe and Mexico): http://www.fieldturf.com/soccer/highProfile.cfm

6/07/2006 08:53:00 AM  
Blogger Bob said...


Rice Stadium (the name of RES before the remodel) had astroturf.

Oh, and for those wondering, FieldTurf (or something similar) is found at the home of the New York Red Bulls of the MLS. Also, many NFL teams are installing similar surfaces.


6/07/2006 09:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The REAL question Ethan is, Are you considered Media?


6/07/2006 10:05:00 AM  
Blogger Ethan said...

Chayce, it depends on who you ask.

There's free food, so the stakes are high.

6/07/2006 10:07:00 AM  
Blogger theorris said...

Well I was using astroturf as a generic not as a specific in this case. I should have just said "artificial grass." In any case, I asked because I read somewhere (don't ask me where) that the big objection to Rice-Eccles was that it had artificial turf and not many soccer clubs were used to playing on it.

And yes, Rice Stadium did indeed have the real carpet-kind of Astroturf back in the day. It was not a mix of synthetic and natural anything. It was carpet that tore, bunched-up, and burned the hell out of any exposed skin if you landed on it and slid (which was quite common.) I played on it in highschool and it was craptastic.

6/07/2006 12:42:00 PM  
Blogger Stenar said...

I vaguely recall that Rice Stadium had Astroturf back in the day. I'd forgotten that, but I specifically said Rice-Eccles Stadium, since I knew for certain RES had never had Astroturf.

There are many NFL stadiums with FieldTurf. You can see a list of them at their website: www.fieldturf.com


6/08/2006 08:38:00 PM  

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