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New Surface at the Metrodome

Postby Mad'sWife » Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:21 am

New surface: The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission has decided to install a new surface this week, called AstroPlay, to replace the aging AstroTurf at the Metrodome.

AstroPlay's makers won the project with a bid of just over $715,000 that beat out second-place finisher, FieldTurf. Both products are considered in-fill surfaces, where synthetic blades of grass are laid above a mixture of sand and rubber.

The total project cost for improvements at the Dome will be around $2.2 million.

Players from the Twins and the Vikings and Golden Gopher football teams were invited to test the different surfaces this summer.

"In terms of product, AstroPlay and FieldTurf were very close," said Steve Maki, the MSFC's director of facilities and engineering. "AstroPlay was rated better by most of the players."

Tropicana Field, home of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, is the only other baseball stadium that has an in-fill surface. It has FieldTurf.

Maki said the AstroPlay surface would take three weeks to install and would be ready before the Twins open their 2004 season April 5.
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Postby Madison » Mon Oct 20, 2003 6:29 am

Interesting :-? . I wonder what the differences are in the two. Should be easier on the legs though. ;-D
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Postby DK » Mon Oct 20, 2003 5:48 pm

shouldn't make too much difference.
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Postby eli81k » Sat Feb 07, 2004 8:12 pm

I saw it close up at Twins fest. As far as turf goes it's a ton better. It has a bunch of blades of the fake grass that poke up through the thick base of shavings. Balls will take more of a bounce instead of the skip they took on the old turf.

Then again, we still play in an inflatable toilet... just an inflatable toilet with better fake grass.
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differences between fieldturf and astroplay

Postby jimbeam » Sun Mar 21, 2004 2:54 pm

go to They have an independent study between the two turfs

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