The New England Patriots and the New York Giants both play their home football games on FieldTurf artificial grass. Both teams will play in the Super Bowl on February 5th, 2012. You do the math! Furthermore, the big game will be hosted at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, which has been voted the best artificial turf surface in the NFL. Did we mention that that is a FieldTurf surface also and the event marks the second time the Super Bowl will be played on FieldTurf (also Super Bowl XL at Detroit’s Ford Field)?
This week we have great pride that our product is being used by the best teams in the NFL.
“It’s going to be a special week for FieldTurf, with the Patriots and Giants each practicing on the FieldTurf at both Lucas Oil Stadium and at the University of Indianapolis leading up to the Super Bowl,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “Of course, both of those teams play their home games on FieldTurf. To not only have the game played on FieldTurf, but to have the two Super Bowl participants be long-time FieldTurf supporters, it means a lot to our company and is a major source of pride for each and every FieldTurf employee.”
New England Patriots and Gillette Stadium
The New England Patriots originally added FieldTurf to their stadium in November 2006 and recently upgraded to our Duraspine Pro model turf in February 2010. The original installation was done mid-season and in record time.
“FieldTurf’s 8-day installation at Gillette Stadium beat the company’s previous record, which was 18 days. Normally, FieldTurf prefers five or six weeks to install a surface, especially in the NFL. But to accelerate that process at Gillette Stadium, the company tripled the number of crews. Rotating in shifts so a fresh crew was always available, they worked 24 hours a day. During that time, we fed the crews and had the stadium lights on throughout the night, so they could get the job done as quickly as possible,”
In 2010 the Stadium decided to upgrade the turf, with an intent on pleasing FIFA, the governing body of international soccer. It is now the only field in the United States to have successfully passed FIFA 2-Star tests in back-to-back years.
New York Giants and MetLife Stadium
(Formerly New Meadowlands Stadium)
The New York Giants and Jets play in a relatively brand new stadium. Both their old stadium, their practice fields, and the new MetLife stadium utilize FieldTurf as their synthetic playing surface. In fact, 21 of the NFL’s 32 teams currently use FieldTurf at their stadium and/or practice complex. MetLife Stadium was the world’s first full color, removable end zone and midfield markings, allowing both the NY Jets and NY Giants to display all team appropriate field/end zone logos and markings during home games. Most notably, this development allows the midfield markings to change based upon which team is playing at home.
One of the first games to be played in the stadium was under extremely rainy conditions. But as ESPN reported in the below video, the FieldTurf surface drains exceptionally.