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June 2001

June 2001


Artificial Oasis

Today\'s artificial turf fields are dramatically improved and offer an alternative
by: Jane Musgrave
© June 2001

This isn't your father's artificial turf.

It's a line that rolls off turf salesmen's lips nearly anytime they are asked to talk about their product. And it's a line that few associated with the fine art of field management dispute.

Artificial turf has changed dramatically since it was first rolled out at the Houston Astrodome 36 years ago when dome officials, desperate to prove that the much-maligned facility was truly state-of-the art, hurriedly put it down after dome panels were painted and all of the grass died. Today's artificial turf consists of fiber-forming polymers giving it a grass-like feel.

"When I first went to visit a field, I was like, 'Is this artificial?'" says John Ingram, director of athletic facilities at the University of Nebraska where a new....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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