BROCK USA, PARAGON STAR SPORTS COMPLEX PARTNER TO BUILD KANSAS CITY’S FIRST SPORTS COMPLEX WITH SHOCK PAD, COOLING ORGANIC INFILL
10-FIELD, LEE’S SUMMIT-BASED TURF COMPLEX SCHEDULED TO OPEN LATE SUMMER ’22;
AIMS TO DIFFERENTIATE THROUGH ENHANCED SAFETY, PERFORMANCE
KANSAS CITY, MO (January 21, 2022) – Brock USA, a leader in artificial turf components focused on athlete and environment safety, have partnered with Paragon Star Sports Complex to build the area’s first sports complex with a shock pad and cooling organic infill, it was announced today at the United Soccer Coaches Convention.
“We are thrilled with the new partnership between Paragon Star and Brock,” said Flip Short, developer for Paragon Star, a 10-field artificial turf complex slated to be completed later this year in Lee’s Summit, MO. “Paragon Star will be the first sports complex in the county, of six or more long-fields, to have the Brock Shock Pad and the BrockFill on all its sports fields. It puts Paragon Star as first in class on a national level to focus on both participant safety and environmentally sustainable practices.”
Each of the 10 artificial turf fields will be designed with the Brock SP17XL shock pad, designed to lower the key safety impact ratings to that of a well-groom natural grass field. The most noticeable difference to the players, coaches and referees will be the BrockFill, a 100% organic infill made of wood, instead of crumb rubber, as the water-absorbing infill has the ability to cool the turf by 20-50 degrees. On a 95 degree day, artificial turf fields with rubber infill can heat up to more than 160 degrees, causing significant safety concerns.
“The invention of BrockFill more than three years ago has opened doors for field owners to hold events at any time of the year or day, and have the peace of mind that athlete safety is maximized,” said Brock CEO Dan Sawyer. “We are excited that the leaders at Paragon Star see the Brock Safety System as a way they can differentiate themselves from other complexes. There have been very few, if any, innovations in the last 20 years of turf that have more noticeable benefits to the athlete, than BrockFill. Fields are firmer, fields are cooler, and fields are safer. It’s a very compelling reason to choose Paragon Star when sports teams are scheduling tournaments.”
The other benefit to the project is the environment. BrockFill is 100% organic thus will cause no harm to the environment once it is replaced. In fact, BrockFill helps the environment as an average field sequesters over 60 tons of CO2 from entering the atmosphere. A typical turf field built with crumb rubber will require at least 150 tons of rubber to be disposed of, often into landfills.
In addition to the 10 all-weather soccer fields, the Paragon Star development will include luxury apartments, entertainment and dining, office space, lodging and outdoor event space. The complex will be anchored by the premier local soccer club, KC Scott Gallagher, and will be home to national soccer camps, league play and tournaments.
For more information contact Jim Froslid, Brock USA, 630-790-0260.