This artificial turf business is cut-throat, as evidenced by the following email I received concerning my story on the Fargodome proposing replacement turf earlier this week.
I have to wonder ifÂ the viceÂ presidentÂ didn’t read the sentence correctly. Almost anything these days is “significantly cushier” than the current dome turf. The new line of Astro Turf that is proposed for the dome does have infill product in it, so I take that to be similar to Fieldturf. I did not write “better.” Similar can mean not as good but approaching the technology.
It should be noted that Fieldturf did not submit a bid for the project because, from I am told, it does not have the roll-out technology that the Fargodome needs to turn events around quick.
I wanted to let you know that we take great exception to your comment that â€œBoth are considered significantly cushier than the current turf and similar to the popular FieldTurf that stadiums have installed across the countryâ€. Attached is scientific evidence that Astroturfâ€™s systems are NOT â€œcushyâ€ at all.
It is also important to note that NFL Players rank FieldTurf as the best artificial surface, and Astroturf as the worst: http://www.fieldturf.com/artificial-turf-news/nfl-players-rank-fieldturf-as-best-artificial-surface/
Vice President, Global Marketing