Following the completion of the FieldTurf Revolution 360 installation at CenturyLink Field, home to both the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders, Sounders players had positive feedback for the stadium’s revamped playing surface.
In a recent news release from the Sounders, players spoke out about their positive experiences with the FieldTurf following their second time practicing on the new field.
“Night and day … It’s great,” Sounders captain Brad Evans said of the new turf. “I think it actually plays really nice. The turf before was so matted down, definitely bouncy when it was wet; it didn’t play true. But this one, even though it was wet [Sunday], I think it played pretty true.”
Evans also noted some nuances about the new FieldTurf that could play into the Sounders’ hands.
“I think we have some tinkering to do with the amount of sand and the amount of rubber, because it is a long turf,” he said. “It’s a good couple of inches, so toying with the depth and how we want to play on it will be key moving forward.”
Forward Clint Dempsey was also pleased with the turf, telling reporters that “it feels a lot better. It’s a little bit more soft, so when you’re planting it feels a little easier on your joints.”
CenturyLink Field is one of four NFL stadiums to utilize FieldTurf, along with Detroit’s Ford Field, Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium and New England’s Gillette Stadium. The two Major League Soccer stadiums that use FieldTurf are New England’s Gillette Stadium and Portland’s Providence Park.
In a Fiber Wear test conducted by Penn State’s Center for Sports Surface Research, Revolution 360 showed no signs of wear after 150,000 Lisport cycles, a news release from the Seahawks reported.