1.09.2009

Pan Pacific Championship Hates FieldTurf as Much As I Do



Yesterday I posted something alluding to the overall wackness of FieldTurf. Although I only heard from 3 people about it, one of them actually defended the evil knee-killing surface. Now the clip above is related to this article on the SUM-produced Pan Pacific Championships leaving Hawaii for the Home Depot Center. The article sites the stadium's wretched turf as the reason why (just play along and don't bring up last year's sluggish ticket sales) and contains the following quote from an an anonymous MLS official: “We just can’t have high profile, multi-million dollar athletes risk getting injured”.

So yeah, please send me another email espousing the virtues of FieldTurf whenever you're ready. You know who you are.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

“We just can’t have high profile, multi-million dollar athletes risk getting injured”.

Yet we can allow turf in Toronto, Seattle, Miami and Vancouver. In those cities our multi-million dollar athletes can risk injury.

Anonymous said...

What's the Pan Pacific Championship? ;-)

Anonymous said...

virtues with an "i" sean. come dj in california.

SF said...

If you come and copy edit in New York, you have a deal.

FC Uptown said...

In this day of "organic" this and "green" that, it is astounding to me that the plastic pitch issue is not a bigger deal here in the US. Yes, I know there are money reasons for fake turf (which are b#llshit numbers when the turf is changed every 5 years). The bottom line is FieldTurf is a sales scam. MLS needs to get rid of them, it ruins the game.

Anonymous said...

The article dispells the myth that FieldTurf is this invincible surface with unlimited use. The Aloha Stadium field is only 5 years old and has been matted down into pure concrete. Toronto will find this out the hard way with all the community use that field gets. At the end of last season there was already a noticable difference in the bounce and speed of the ball from the beginning of the first season. The field will likely need replacing by the end of the year..... praying for grass!!

Anonymous said...

You do realize that the Home Depot Center is also fieldturf.

Yes, perhaps Aloha Stadium is worn down. But there have been huge innovations made to make synthetic turf fields last longer and longer. Obviously it's simply the that field in particular they consider not adequate, not Fieldturf in general, or else they wouldn't reschedule at another turf field.

SF said...

HDC is natural turf. Take one look at it after X-Games and their will be no doubt in your mind.

FC Uptown said...

Sorry Anonymous - ALL FIELDTURF SUCKS, take your innovations and your lead poisoning and reconstructed knees and crap bounces and shove em.