To Be Unveiled at October 25th Forum

Athletic Field Research at UT Institute of Agriculture, Knoxville



MEDIA ADVISORY
 
WHAT:
University of Tennessee Athletic Research and Performance Center Concept to be Unveiled at Forum
 
WHERE AND WHEN:
Cherokee Farms Innovation Campus, Joint Institute of Advanced Materials (JIAM) Building
2641 Osprey Vista Way, Knoxville, TN 37996
 
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 25-26, 2016
Tuesday, October 25 at 1:30 p.m. – Presentation on the Concept (See complete agenda.)
 
DETAILS:
The Athletic Research and Performance Center (ARPC) at the University of Tennessee, in partnership with American Sports Centers (ASC) and Integrated Consulting Group, Inc., is seeking funding to create a center that will serve as a major sports complex and research center located at the University of Tennessee. Skilled turfgrass, biomechanical and kinesiology researchers, as well as physicians from around the world, will conduct research and educate the public on optimizing athlete performance and reducing the number of sports-related injuries.
 
In addition to being the world’s leading sports complex focusing on athlete-to-surface interactions with regard to performance and safety, this facility will host major athletic sporting and training events from youth to the professional level. 
 
The concept and design for this estimated $43-million venture will be unveiled at a two-day forum that will include community economic development leaders as well as international participation. While the ARPC will be primarily a research facility, it will also operate as a revenue generating sports complex to cover infrastructure and operation costs. The ARPC will also bring significant revenue to the City of Knoxville and surrounding areas through sporting events and tourist engagement.
 
This unique collaboration will allow researchers to investigate athletes in action under real world conditions, allowing them to better understand a myriad of performance and safety variables, ultimately advancing performance and lessening the likelihood of injures for athletes of all ages. 
 
Through its mission of research, teaching and extension, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture touches lives and provides Real. Life. Solutions. ag.tennessee.edu

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Contacts:
 
Lisa Stearns, UTIA Marketing & Communications, 865-974-7368, lstearns@tennessee.edu

Chuck Denney, UTIA Marketing & Communications, 865-382-8058 (mobile), cmdenney@tennessee.edu