I well remember the early days of artificial turf football fields. I stood on the old carpet at the Metrodome when I was in high school. My feet, ankles, calves, knees, thighs — everything — hurt after about 5 minutes of standing. That stuff was awful.
Then Nebraska got that lovely grass-looking artificial turf. I walked on that, too, in the late 90s. Not bad at all.
Now we’re looking a huge number of high schools with artificial turf — is this good or bad? Are schools being smart or making a mistake to sink all this money into artificial turf?
I am a fan. I like seeing the artificial turf practice field at Southeast — wow, that just looks good. I like seeing the fields at Northwest, Circle, Derby. Collegiate’s putting in the artificial turf.
I know this is a lot of money, and I just hope that situations don’t occur where the artificial turf is bad, where it has to be replaced after a short period of time.
Clearly it’s a help when it comes to maintenance. The horrible fields I’ve seen by playoff time are gone. That’s a positive.
But are we overlooking possible injuries that we don’t even know about yet?