Philadelphia Sports Network reports that it would be easy to believe the bright red synthetic turf at Eastern Washington Eagles (EWE) "The Inferno" had come to help out in winning; the turf is like the Eagles' 12th man on the field. However, many are concerned that the bright red artificial grass is taking advantage by disturbing the view.
While playing on the famous red carpet, the Eagles usually win on the red artificial grass because of their team's unusual color. Opposing players may arrive on the turf a bit confused, but after could of trials they quickly adjust to the unique red grass color. Philadelphia Sports Network continues to report that the Big Sky Conference power has 24-4 home record since the turf was installed in 2010. However, many of the football critics believe that it disturbs the game the game for the opponent team. "I don't think it's a big distraction [for the opponents] like people [would] think," EWU star quarterback said about the red turf. "A lot of people don't like [the red color] because they say it hurts their eyes." Most of the times the opponents team would come out the night before for the practice, and after while they would get used to the red synthetic turf. Then they would finally come out on the game day and on the pre-game the player eventually get used to the red field.
Until a football player stands on the red turf, Philadelphia Sports Network thinks, they would only feel the overwhelming of the color and would cause concern to the opponents. "I wouldn't say it's an advantage, but some people do. I like it," quarterback Vernon Adams said to the Philadelphian Network. But when a player stands on the red synthetic turf, what he sees when looking on the fields horizon is no different from what he is using to at on regular green fields. The only difference is the background synthetic field color, however, ever players jersey, the fans on the stadium to whatever is in the view, is familiar. "But you have to block that stuff out and you have to focus on your game," reported linebacker to Philadelphian Sport Network when he visited the red field in 2011. EWU followed the example of Boise State and its blue turf as the second school to install a turf colored other than green. The Eagles love their new turf, and the uniqueness continues to gain spotlight to show off their turf. On the TV, many would feel that it is a lot of brighter because of the red turf, but when a player is on the field, it is not disturbing them.
There is a couple of reasons why sports industry turns attention into artificial turf sports solutions. Maintaining sports fields is costly. But it is not just about water bills, or excessive maintenance. Sports insurance program for Teams or Leagues can be overwhelming making the safety of athletes a number one priority in the sport's industry. GST synthetic turf solutions designed upon innovative technologies guarantee the safety of the players as well as the life-span of the initial investment.