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    Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    With renovation of the south endzone still a year away, there is still time for the debate on using Fieldturf, vs real sod. I have been a real sod supporter the past, but after visiting Nebraska's facilities last year, I'm not so sure anymore. Fieldturf has several advantges
    1. Less maintence
    2. Some say easier on the legs
    3. Looks good all year when recruits visit
    4. More weather resistant.
    5. Can be used as a practice facility
    The fact that Iowa State has such a strong turf management program, complicates the issue. But should that influence the decision? I don't know, but do know that after running on the field turf, it has a great feel and is impressive. After being on JT at the end of the season, the fieldturf sure looked better to me.



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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    With renovation of the south endzone still a year away, there is still time for the debate on using Fieldturf, vs real sod. I have been a real sod supporter the past, but after visiting Nebraska's facilities last year, I'm not so sure anymore. Fieldturf has several advantges
    1. Less maintence
    2. Some say easier on the legs
    3. Looks good all year when recruits visit
    4. More weather resistant.
    5. Can be used as a practice facility
    The fact that Iowa State has such a strong turf management program, complicates the issue. But should that influence the decision? I don't know, but do know that after running on the field turf, it has a great feel and is impressive. After being on JT at the end of the season, the fieldturf sure looked better to me.
    I'm partial to grass personally. I just think it seems like schools care more about their facilities if they have grass that they need to take care of instead of fieldturf that just sits there. That and I didn't like warming up on the fieldturf at Drake last year at state track. It just doesn't feel like a football surface to me for some reason.



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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by ketelmeister View Post
    With renovation of the south endzone still a year away, there is still time for the debate on using.
    Do you know something we dont about the south endzone? I thought it was going to be a few years down the road before the bowling in was done. I thought it was the last phase of the plan, to happen after the BB facality is done and after the east side of JTS is finished.

    The real suff. ISU takes great pride in having a real grass field.


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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Do you know something we dont about the south endzone? I thought it was going to be a few years down the road before the bowling in was done. I thought it was the last phase of the plan, to happen after the BB facality is done and after the east side of JTS is finished.

    The real suff. ISU takes great pride in having a real grass field.
    I was told officials hoped to keep the current turf until after the upcoming season as the south end zone project will tear up the field and it will cost another $250,000 plus to replace again. There are two explainations, either:
    1. They changed their mind on doing the project next year
    2. The turf had so much winter kill there was no choice.
    I'm betting it's number two.



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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Do you know something we dont about the south endzone? I thought it was going to be a few years down the road before the bowling in was done. I thought it was the last phase of the plan, to happen after the BB facality is done and after the east side of JTS is finished.

    The real suff. ISU takes great pride in having a real grass field.
    If JP can get a big corporate sponser ("companies name" for the end zone and such) it would be next year is what I remember.



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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    There's nothing like marching on well-kept grass.


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    play on both and you will realize that

    turf is not grass and although it may look nice at times, it is never better for the athlete.

    Football was meant to be played on grass and more injuries happen on turf.

    Field turf is better than ever, but it's got a long ways to go before it equals a grass field.



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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    My thoughts.... We started as an Ag School, I'm an Ag major. I think natural grass looks better and the Athletic Department and also the college take great pride in it.

    Keep it grass... You want turf go watch the Barnstormers play.


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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Played college ball on Field Turf. Coach now and would choose FT over sod any day.


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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    What's in the Bergstrom building? Is that field turf? I've played a couple of times on that and running wise its not bad, felt very natural to cut and move on. Other than that, it was annoying to have the little chunks of rubber from the field filling my cleats and don't forget about the massive amounts of burns. I played just 3 games and had numerous amounts of burns, im sure players would not be excited about playing on that all season. It may be that Im such a baseball guy, but for me nothing compares to a nice, well kept natural grass.



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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by wartknight View Post
    Played college ball on Field Turf. Coach now and would choose FT over sod any day.
    You must have been a kicker. JOKE

    I have played on both and I would never choose field turf over grass and no one I played with preferred it after they played on it. Some thought it was great until they slid across it once.



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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    unfortunately a football field gets torn up very easily, if anyone has been out to the muscatine soccer complex i would like to see that type of field used, its called grassy turf, its real grass and very well maintained but has similar features to turf, very thin, about 1/4 inch tall, almost fast track like ...


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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by D UP Clones View Post
    You must have been a kicker.

    I have played on both and I would never choose field turf over grass and no one I played with preferred it after they played on it. Some thought it was great until they slid across it once.
    Played and coach O-Line. ALways sure footing. You can be playing in a driving rainstorm and have the same footing as a 70 degree dry fall afternoon. I had VERY FEW burns, if any that I can remember and I haven't heard a single player on my team complain in the 4 years now that I have been coaching with probably75-80% of our games being played on FT or something similar. The only negative is the rubber chunks which IMO is minor.
    Just as good of conditions at the beginning of the year as there is at the end.


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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by D UP Clones View Post
    I have played on both and I would never choose field turf over grass
    me too and me either


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    Re: Fieldturf vs sod at Jack Trice

    Grass, all the way. There are some things in sports that just shouldn't change. Real grass in one of those (along with outdoor stadiums). I can't stand field turf. Just doesn't look right.



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