Detroit Free Press reports that Eastern Michigan's football team will switch their green artificial grass to gray color turf, hoping that it will give the team a fresh outlook for winning. After intense deliberation, the switch to gray Field Turf is part of Detroit coach's broader efforts to change the culture of the team.
There is a couple of reasons why sports industry in Detroit city installs artificial grass on their fields. Many coaches know that maintaining sports fields are expensive. However, it is not just about the excessive maintenance. Despite modern advancements, researchers are still not sure about the effect of the artificial grass on injury rates. But many football players still appreciate differences in texture and playability of artificial grass.
Artificial turf is a synthetic alternative to natural grass for sports typically played outdoors. Majority of synthetic grasses are made from a neoprene, polyester or foam backing, topped with "blades" of individual fibers made of polypropylene or nylon blends. Material that looks like natural grass is ideal for field sports such as football. Nevertheless artificial turf has advantages over natural grass in terms of cost and maintenance, many should consider the effect that the surface has on gameplay to adjust player strategy and reduce the likelihood of injury.
Sports protection programs for teams or leagues can be overwhelming making the safety of athletes a number one priority in the sport's industry. Global-Syn, Turf., who are manufacturers and suppliers in Detroit of artificial turf, acknowledges that their product allows groundskeepers to have more control over the field consistency. Every inch on the turf field is manufactured to have exact the same consistency of fibers, so no areas are uneven to alter the speed of the ball or players' traction. Synthetic grass was initially intended for use in sporting arenas like football stadiums where the maintenance of natural grass was costly and required investment in manpower and special equipment. But companies, such as Global Syn-Turf, Inc., provide artificial grass products and solutions that designed upon innovative technologies guarantee the safety of the players as well as the life-span of the initial investment for all schools.
Detroit's Eastern Michigan state team plans to pay for a new field with some of the more than $1 million it expects to receive for tickets sakes at Florida and Michigan State this game season. The football coach said that he would not know if the gray turf will help the team with game strategies and tactics. But the gray artificial grass will be a symbol and pride of their stadium that the sports players will love. The players are excited as well for the new artificial grass color; they are thrilled by their team's effort to stand out as one of only two in the Football Bowl Subdivision who has a stadium with not a shade of the traditional green. Having gray color artificial grass is a unique feature that will stand out in people's minds.