Seattle Seahawks players gave Qwest Field’s artificial playing surface high marks in the NFL Players Association’s latest survey.
Eighty-eight percent of 50 respondents called the FieldTurf surface excellent (32.1 percent) or good (50.9 percent). Another 11.3 percent rated the surface as fair. None considered it poor.
Of course, none plays soccer on the surface, either.
If they did, they might concur with the Seattle Sounders’ characterization of the turf as “an issue” requiring the organization to search out possible alternatives.
The Seattle Times has the story, which I cite here because Seahawks owner Paul Allen also owns the Sounders, and back in 1997, he envisioned Qwest Field as having a natural playing surface. Those plans changed after the Seahawks came to like FieldTurf while playing at Husky Stadium on an interim basis.
Soccer players generally prefer the way a soccer ball responds to natural grass, but maintaining natural surfaces in colder climates becomes challenging in multi-use facilities, raising questions about feasibility. Allen agreed to install temporary natural grass for major soccer events as part of legislation that helped finance the stadium originally.
Might the Seahawks swap out their artificial surface for a natural one? It’s far too early to say, but this isn’t the last we’ll hear
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