Peter Schworm - The Boston Globe
"Many colleges kept turf fields clear throughout the winter, even at its peak in February. Dennis Brolin, president of Sports Turf Specialities in Wrentham, said his crews plowed over 40 college fields this winter, sometimes more than once."
On Friday, Sports Turf Specialties had nine turf friendly plows and snowblowers clearing the Fruit Street Turf Field for a Saturday soccer tournament.
Dante Gobbi Jr., the stadium's grounds specialist, said the stadium commission hired a contractor to clear snow from the expansive field because there was no telling when it would melt.
Sponsored by Sports Turf Specialties, Inc. & Read Custom Soils
"Sports Turf Specialties, Inc. & Read Custom Soils hosts seminar for sports turf managers, architects, and engineers at Campanelli Stadium, home of the Brockton Rox, on October 28, 2014. Speakers included, Grant McKnight - DuraEdge Products, Norm Hummel - Hummel & Co., Tom Curran - Comcast SportsNet, Dennis Brolin - Sports Turf Specialties, Inc.,and Terry Driscoll - Read Custom Soils."
Mike Ozanian, Forbes
“Over the past decade fake-grass fields like those the pros play on have gone mainstream, turning up not just in big stadiums but at high schools, city parks, even some middle schools, usually at a cost of $400,000 to $700,000. But dozens of fields installed between 2006 and 2009 were flawed and are now falling apart, forcing schools to replace playing surfaces they once thought would last a decade or more.”
Earlier this month, 40 international soccer stars, including Wambach, filed a lawsuit against FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association, claiming gender discrimination because of a decision to play next summer's World Cup on artificial turf. The men's World Cup is always played on grass.
Though the symptoms may not be immediately apparent, we feel the exposures to students are real and that the fields are not healthy for students to be exercising on.