Father Ryan High School filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Chancery Court last week against the companies hired to install the synthetic turf playing surface for its athletic field that was dedicated in 2009.
According to the suit, Field Turf Inc., the company subcontracted to supply the artificial turf, was receiving complaints from a number of its customers throughout North America during the field construction. Those complaints alleged that the product was defective and that the fibers of the surface were splitting, breaking, fading, thinning and shedding during routine use.
Two other companies involved in the construction of Father Ryan’s field — Hardaway Construction and Precision Sports Fields — were also named in the suit.
Father Ryan claims that information was never disclosed during the construction of the field. Two years after the turf was installed, Father Ryan began to notice premature degradation of the field’s fibers.
Upon discovery of the poor conditions of the field surface, Father Ryan informed Field Turf of the situation.
According to the school’s suit, Field Turf claimed that the field was experiencing normal wear and have refused to offer or provide Father Ryan with a remedy to fix the problem.
The field construction was part of a contract between Father Ryan and Hardaway Construction to build the $5 million athletic complex on the FRHS campus.
Nashville-based Precision Sports Fields was contracted to procure and install the playing surface.
Father Ryan claims Field Turf’s product was advertised as highly durable with an eight-year warranty.
Father Ryan is suing the companies on four separate counts that include breach of contract, breach of warranty, misrepresentation and negligence.