It Matters What You Play On!
With Super Bowl LII around the corner, the surface at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis has hit the spotlight. The synthetic turf surface was manufactured by Turf Nation and installed by Kiefer USA. “Turf Nation has manufactured 4 NFL Super Bowl surfaces since 2011, no other vendor has been selected in the last 6 years. A trend that Turf Nation is very proud of,” stated Sid Nicholls, President of Turf Nation. In fact, out of the last 10 Super Bowls, 6 of them have been played on synthetic turf with 4 of them being manufactured by Turf Nation.
In a day and age where concerns regarding player safety are being openly discussed, football specifically is in the forefront of that discussion. With the evolving concussion protocols in the NFL, newly developed technology in football helmets with sensors to record hits taken by players and regular G-max testing to measure the shock-attenuation performance of sports surfaces, player safety has come a long way in the past few years. The surface in which a sport is played on has been placed in the hot seat to ensure the surface is the safest possible surface to prevent unnecessary injuries.
It is safe to say that when considering any aspect of safety, you must concern yourself with consistency. A sports surface must be consistent in order to provide the safest surfacepossible whether it’s natural grass or synthetic turf. Consistency is key. An inconsistent natural grass surface with potholes and rough patches or a synthetic turf surface with routed lines and loose seams are deemed unsafe.
While there are pros and cons on both sides of the table, synthetic turf surfaces are consistently more consistent than a natural grass surface. Weather does not impact the surface’s evenness. Even NFL teams struggle maintaining a safe, consistent natural grass field all season long and those who do typically re sod halfway through the season and/or have heating systems under their field to combat the weather’s impact on the surface.
The Turf Nation surface installed at U.S. Bank Stadium features many components to ensure consistency and maximize player safety, i.e. TRUE fiber technology, Balanced Matrix fiber spacing and Titanium Shield Backing System. The fibers used are made of 100% C-8 polyethylene, the highest grade available to synthetic turf manufactures. The Balanced Matrix fiber spacing ensures the fibers are equally spaced which is essential for consistent footing. The Titanium Shield Backing is built with 3 layers and ensures the surface stays true and does not relax or “grow” over time and create ripples and inconsistency.
Nicholls explained “There are many good vendors in our industry, Turf Nation has manufactured 4 NFL Super Bowl surfaces, which is double that of the next vendor. This brand dominance/insistence is based on the recognition by prominent NFL clients that the synthetic turf systems manufactured by Turf Nation optimize layer performance and maximize player safety.”
About Turf Nation
Turf Nation has manufactured high-quality synthetic turf for numerous schools and sports teams on the high school, collegiate and professional levels. Fourteen NFL teams currently play and/or practice on synthetic turf manufactured by Turf Nation, including the Minnesota Vikings, Houston Texans, New York Giants, New York Jets, New Orleans Saints, Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers, Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, Tennessee Titans, Chicago Bears, Arizona Cardinals, and San Francisco 49ers as well as the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Additional information is available at www.turfnation.com.