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Astro Turf – Laying Down the Footwork

In the past few decades, professional sports have slowlydecadesmore mass public attention. With the increased demand came increased sales revenues, higher player salaries, and innovation in sports technology. One of the

ses innovations is the invention of the artificial turf “Astro Turf.”

Astro Turf was created by three Monsanto employees; James M. Faria, Donald L. Elbert, and Robert T. Wright in 1965. It was originally named “Chemgrass,” but was later renamed the more appealing “Astro Turf” during the patenting phase. One of the first artificial-turf stadiums was the Houston Astrodome. As years went on, many stadiums and high school fields have made the transition to artificial turf. In fact, Astro Turf is being used in residential and commercial housing projects as a low-maintenance alternative to grass and sod lawns.

From an owner’s (or groundkeeper’s) perspective, Astro-Turf is a modern marvel. The need for irrigation is eliminated, conditions are not scathed by average wear and tear, and most importantly; the field requires an extremely low amount of work for upkeep. The main debate for and against AstroTurf comes from the players and spectators with regards to the affect that artificial-turf has on the game. Some players prefer playing on real grass rather than artificial-turf. Some purist fans contest that the game should be played under the same conditions that their sports ancestors played in. Whether it be for comfort, experience, or just for fear of change; other players and spectators simply seem to carry a suspicion regarding artificial turf.

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