Post #1
Wednesday June 12, 2013 5:30pm

Joined Jul 2012
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While Seattle fans give up many excuses as to why natural grass won't work i.e NFL, and too much rain(which is absurd); few give any possible solutions to the problem.

Here is a solution that should be proposed.

Upgrade the Stadium so you can roll in and out field turf for Sea Hawks games and roll in and out natural grass for Sounders games/future USMNT games.

This is not new the Arizona Cardinals stadium rolls out there natural grass in order to give it the right amount of sunlight, and it's easier to care for by the grounds crew. Then before home games, the field is rolled back into the stadium.

It's a simple solution that will cost some money, but between Paul Allen and the Seattle Sounders ownership they have more than enough money to do this upgrade. That's if the Sounders want to continue playing at the C-link into the future.

Post #2
Wednesday June 12, 2013 6:54pm

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,335
I hate when stadiums are built, DON'T take weather into consideration

Engineer fail 101

Seattle should've been a stadium with a retractible roof for the rain

Houston dynamo should've covered their stadium with a complete wrap around roof. That would shade the whole place from the 110 degree heat.

I would be happy if Seattle built a 50,000 seat stadium next to C-Link

Post #3
Wednesday June 12, 2013 11:32pm

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 66
...why would you be happy with a 50k seat stadium next to C-Link? Is this sarcasm?

Post #4
Wednesday June 12, 2013 11:57pm

Joined Jan 2013
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Serious question, why do NFL teams prefer artificial turf? I would have assumed it was due to the lower maintenance costs.

Post #5
Thursday June 13, 2013 2:07am

Joined Sep 2012
Total Posts: 3,335
Original post from skangles

Serious question, why do NFL teams prefer artificial turf? I would have assumed it was due to the lower maintenance costs.

I hated turf when playing football. The surface was harder and i got major rug burns. Playing on synthetic turf was a lot better in college but I prefer natural grass

Post #6
Thursday June 13, 2013 2:50am

Joined Apr 2013
Total Posts: 66
Guys, while NFL stadiums are used predominantly for NFL games MANY of the stadiums have other football teams that play in the stadium. For example, Heinze Field is grass and usually has some of the worst turf in the league because the Western Pennsylvania semi finals and finals are played there AS WELL as the Pitt Panthers(though many would say they aren't much of a football team) I love soccer as much as anyone but having 22 guys that weigh 145 pounds running and cutting on grass isn't going to effect the quality of the turf as much as 22 men with equipment on that are anywhere from 185-350 pounds. In places like Seattle where there is so much rain they have no choice but to go with field turf or the Seahawks would play in a mud bowl 8 weeks out of the season. And, even though the NFL makes billions, yes it is more economical to use field turf but that is decided on a team by team basis. As far as the suggestion 2tone gave, in theory, yes that would work and yes it is done in Dallas as well as Phoenix but why would Century Link EVER do this? To host 1 or 2 world cup qualifiers every couple years? Economically it makes no sense, maybe if the USSF committed to a certain amount of matches a year there but I think we can all agree that that won't be happening any time soon. Especially when they just got to host a HEX qualifier.

Post #7
Thursday June 13, 2013 6:16pm

Joined Jun 2013
Total Posts: 2
Watching guys slip around on the field with or without the ball really pissed me off. Ok, so we got a lucky break that the Panamanian slipped when he was in on goal but still...

It's quite embarrassing when we have a pitch that is as crappy as ones down in Latin America or the Caribbean. If you are the superior team, then you want a pitch as perfect as possible so you can take it to the other team. Lousy ones only level the playing field by preventing a more possession style attack.

It would be fantastic at some point if FIFA mandated that federations actually meet standards and enforce them. I'm sure they have them but enforce them for Christ sake so we can actually play the way it was intended to be played.

That being said, Seattle was rocking the other night. Big thanks to Seattle fans for doing the national team right!

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