If you’re looking to transform both your fields and your job performance, you’re likely to get all the knowledge and tips you need for both at the Sports Turf Managers Association’s (STMA) Conference and Exhibition, which takes place Jan. 16-19 in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center. The event features dozens of educational learning sessions, a first-rate vendor exhibition and trade show, unlimited networking opportunities and tours of various athletic fields and facilities in the local area.
When: Jan. 16-19, 2018
Where: Fort Worth Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas
Trade Show Hours:
- Thursday, Jan. 18, 1:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Download: 2018 Digital Conference Brochure
Opening General Session
Wednesday, Jan. 17 | 8-9:30 a.m.
As the kickoff event, the Opening General Session is titled “We Are All in This Together: Relationships Between Sports Field Managers and Athletic Directors.” This will be a discussion about how to establish and expand successful working relationships between sports turf managers and their supervisors and athletic directors, with a Q&A following the presentation. Scheduled speakers include: Weston Appelfeller, CSFM (Columbus Crew Soccer Club); Andy Gossel (Covenant Christian High School); Andy Loughnane (Columbus Crew Soccer Club); Megan VanArsdale (Boyle County Schools).
Keynote Address, Annual Meeting & Lunch
Thursday, Jan. 18 | 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
“Everyone Counts, Because Everyone Brings an Attitude, Energy and Enthusiasm.” Mark Johnson, a retired NCAA Division I baseball coach, speaks around the world about motivational subjects such as overcoming adversity, pressure, having vision and “risking to achieve.” He’ll also touch on some of the more humorous aspects of the game of baseball.
CEUs & Pesticide Recertification Credits
Many organizations are awarding CEUs at the event. CEUs will be available through the ASBA, GCSAA, NRPA, PGMS, TNLA and TTA. Pesticide recertification credits will only be available for Texas. Seven Structural CEUs and eight Agricultural CEUs are approved for Texas. If you’re attending from another state and are in need of pesticide recertification credits, you’re responsible for contacting your state’s department of agriculture for approval.
Seminar on Wheels Tours
Tuesday, Jan. 16 | 7 am.- 4:15 p.m. *Registration is required and additional fees apply
AT&T Stadium | Arlington
The tour will highlight the playing fields used at the stadium — home of the Dallas Cowboys — for various events, including both college and professional fields, as well as a description of the use of natural turf for professional soccer.
Ford Center at The Star | Frisco
Ford Center at The Star is a state-of-the-art, 510,000-square-foot indoor facility shared by the Dallas Cowboys, the city of Frisco and Frisco ISD’s high schools. Ford Center has one indoor and two outdoor (one synthetic and one natural grass) NFL and University Interscholastic League (UIL)- compliant practice fields. In addition to touring the fields, participants will also see the Nike Star Walk and Grand Atrium.
Dr. Pepper Ballpark | Frisco
Dr. Pepper Ballpark opened in 2003 and is the home of the Texas Rangers Double-A affiliate, the Frisco RoughRiders
Toyota Stadium & Toyota Soccer Center | Frisco
Opened in 2005, this 145-acre multipurpose sports and entertainment facility has a 20,500- seat Major League Soccer stadium — home of FC Dallas — and 17 tournament fields. Friday, Jan. 19 | 12:45-5 p.m. Globe Life Park | Arlington This 270-acre baseball-only facility — home of the Texas Rangers — opened in 1994 and features an asymmetrical playing field. The complex includes a four-story office building at center field, a 12-acre lake and parks and recreation space on the perimeter. Texas Christian University | Fort Worth Tour the university’s new, four-acre soccer complex. Weather and time permitting, the baseball and track and field areas will be toured.
New This Year
SAFE (The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields) will host a Topgolf event in Fort Worth. Open to all experience levels, Topgolf’s state-of-the-art technology provides a unique experience with its 240-yard outfield with dartboard-like, in-ground targets and microchipped golf balls. Players are placed in climate-controlled bays, similar to bowling lanes, accompanied by full-service staff and lounges. This event replaces SAFE’s traditional golf tournament. Proceeds benefit the SAFE scholarship and educational outreach programs. Additional fee required.