Getting Turf Conscious

Goodbye to old sod: stadiums are switching to a new synthetic grass that's both tough and tender

The varsity football team at Claremont High School had not played a real home game for 50 years. The grass field at the school, 30 miles east of Los Angeles, was always in terrible shape, trampled by exercise classes, marching bands and other sports teams. So the football team played its "home" games on the field of another school in town. All the while, Claremont High spent as much as $20,000 a year maintaining its own sorry turf.

Claremont's dilemma is one familiar to sports teams from the New York Giants to the Tennessee Titans, which this season have repeatedly...

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