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  • Dumb question with I'm sure a logical answer and probably answered before....Why didn't they just switch over to sod instead of carving out a cement infield?

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    • Originally posted by Astros View Post
      Interesting. Astroturf at the Astrodome had about an inch of padding underneath.
      It's just a different way to build a mousetrap. The 'infil' material is more than an inch of rubber crumb. The turf just goes through it rather than lay on top. Closer to how grass is I guess.

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      Originally posted by JT7 View Post
      Dumb question with I'm sure a logical answer and probably answered before....Why didn't they just switch over to sod instead of carving out a cement infield?
      That's the eventual plan.

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      • Which begs the question, if the Blue Jays are able to grow grass in SkyDome in a few years, why can't the Seahawks/Sounders and Timbers grow grass in their Pacific Northwest / open air stadiums?

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        • Because the athletes who make their living at CenturyLink Field don't want their careers ended prematurely on dangerous grass. Wake up.
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          • I hate when I get grass toe on real grass like I can get turf toe...
            The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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            • 'Turf toe' isn't limited to artificial grass.

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              • Originally posted by JohnCropp View Post
                Which begs the question, if the Blue Jays are able to grow grass in SkyDome in a few years, why can't the Seahawks/Sounders and Timbers grow grass in their Pacific Northwest / open air stadiums?
                Able? Hopefully. Wait and see how it does. Plus, the grass can only be installed because the Jays are going to be the only tenants of the place.

                Seattle has several field users in some tough conditions. Natural grass would get thrashed by football in the always rainy conditions in Seattle. Unless they had a retractable roof to help control the water on the grass (like the Mariners do).

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                • Originally posted by Matt The Hammer View Post
                  'Turf toe' isn't limited to artificial grass.
                  That's the joke
                  The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time.

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                  • Here's a link to some great photos of SkyDome in basketball mode. https://ballparks.smugmug.com/Rogers...ronto-Ontario/

                    A few interesting things --

                    - I always wondered where the small section of seats in the home plate endzone end came from. You can see from some of these pictures that those endzone seats actually went under the large sections when the stadium was in baseball mode. There's a door there where the endzone seats would go inside.

                    - It looks like, for hoops games, they converted half the stands (the ones they used) to football mode, and the other half remained in baseball mode.

                    - That stadium must have been a pain to convert in September and April from baseball to basketball.

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                    • Those pictures are gold for this forum. Great post.

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