Saturday, April 5, 2008

Artificial Turf (gag) at Miller Park

This piece by Don Walker suggests that Miller Park will eventually install Field Turf. Quite honestly, I don't find this very surprising, and is a consequence of what I believe was a design flaw in the stadium. There is very little direct sunlight inside of Miller Park. Even when the roof is open, you get the feeling that you are indoors. It has always seemed difficult to get a good turf growing until well into the season.

Do I care? I don't know. I think all field sports should be played on real grass, but as technology advances, the lines between real and artificial surfaces are blurring. The Field Turf fields of today still seem a little bit phony to me and still seem to play a little bit different than real grass, but they are nowhere near as bad as the fuzzy cement that dominated the 70's and 80's. Many natural turf fields have elaborate drainage systems below genetically mutated grass. It's nothing at all like the lawn in your front yard. If this is what keeps Miller Park viable, then so be it.

The article says,

Don't expect things to change too soon. But it seems that Miller Park will one day have a kind of artificial surface.
That's what they always say. Unless there is a huge backlash, which I don't expect, the stuff will be in by Opening Day 2010 - maybe even next year.

1 comment:

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