4-year old turf fields failing
"Across the U.S., football coaches and their players are gearing up for a new season on the gridiron. But for some colleges and high schools, the preparations include a big and unexpected job: putting in a new artificial-turf field.
In 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."
The Bare Spots in the Turf
Schools Are Replacing Playing Surfaces Showing Signs of Wear and Tear
By NEAL E. BOUDETTE
Updated Aug. 20, 2013 5:23 p.m. ET