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BCS Football Teams “Go Green” with Artificial Field Turf

Nearly 50% of the 2010 top 25 BCS football teams use synthetic field turf to score winning seasons.

“Over the past decade, we have seen a steady increase in the amount of winning teams that play and practice regularly on synthetic field,” noted Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council.  “These fields have created more opportunities for America’s amateur athletes to play and practice football without worrying about weather disruptions or over-used natural playing surfaces.”

More than 6,000 synthetic turf playing fields are currently in use throughout the United States.  Each year, its usage conserves billions of gallons of water, millions of pounds of pesticides and fertilizers and recycles 25 million used tires that would otherwise go to landfills.  About half of all NFL teams currently play on synthetic field turf, and it was approved by FIFA for the 2010 World Cup soccer competition in South Africa.  “Synthetic Turf fields are an ideal choice for any high school, club sports team, or recreational sports facility.  Their ability to accommodate high usage for multiple sports, the elimination of using natural resources, and actually being considered safer than natural sports fields makes them the perfect choice.”

The runner-up (#2) BCS champions the Oregon Ducks play on a synthetic turf field at Autzen Stadium, as well as other notable college football teams like the Boise State Broncos that play on the “Blue Plastic Tundra”, which has the best home record (38-1) in the nation over the past five years at Bronco Stadium, and the newly installed RED hot turf nicknamed the “Bloodrug” that the Eastern Washington Eagles plays on.

No wonder the top teams in the nation play on Artificial Turf on a regular basis, it has been proven to make America’s collegiate athletes better.  College football players’ times on a standard agility drill were 3% faster on Artificial Turf fields than on natural grass, but there was little difference in their times for the 40-yard dash.  The study included 24 players whose average on the 40-yard dash turned out to be 5.34 seconds on Artificial Turf and 5.33 seconds on natural grass. Their average on the pro-agility shuttle test was 4.49 seconds on Synthetic Turf and 4.64 seconds on natural grass.  So call Forever Green when considering artifical turf for your athletic fields or grass today!

Added by: Mike O’Neill