Celebrate Our New Rooftop Field!

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Be a part of FSS history--OWN a piece of FSS history! Celebrate our new rooftop athletic field and receive a genuine piece of Friends Select rooftop turf (complete with a certificate of authenticity)!

Over 50 years after its reveal to the community, the rooftop athletic field of Friends Select’s Parkway Building and its magnificent perspective of the surrounding cityscape still have a majestic presence. When the building was constructed, the 50,000-square foot field was a solution to the need for outdoor recreation space, and at the time, it was one of the first facilities in the country to use AstroTurf. Since then, the field has received several turf replacements, including one 20 years ago that alumni may not recall so fondly: protective features of the roof were stripped away, leading to leaking into second-floor classrooms, and in some cases, onto students and teachers.

And now, we are bidding goodbye to this iteration of the rooftop athletic field! As part of the Advance Friends Select: Transformation Campaign, Friends Select has just completed a renovation of the rooftop athletic field, including an upgrade of the synthetic turf playing surface using modern, environmentally-friendly technology. The surface includes an underlayment shock pad to significantly enhance player safety and a new turf complete with 100% environmentally-friendly natural infill instead of synthetic rubber (remember the rubber pellets in your shoes?) 

Plans for the future include adding restrooms, additional storage, water fountains, and catering space for the rooftop! What a time to be alive!

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