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NFL Players Rank FieldTurf as Best Artificial Surface

The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) released their biennial ranking of NFL stadium fields during a press conference at the Super Bowl Media Center in Dallas yesterday. For the tenth consecutive year, FieldTurf emerged as the leader among all artificial turf brands in the 2010 NFL Players Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey. An impressive three out of the league’s top four surfaces were FieldTurf fields. A total of 1619 active NFL players from all 32 teams completed survey forms.

Of the 31 NFL stadium fields rated by the players, FieldTurf's Lucas Oil Stadium, the home of the Indianapolis Colts, was ranked as the league’s best artificial surface for the second consecutive time. This marked the fifth consecutive survey and the tenth year in a row that one of FieldTurf’s fields has owned the top position as the best artificial surface in the NFL.

In addition to Lucas Oil Stadium’s position as the top-ranked artificial turf field in the league in the ‘Best Artificial Infilled Playing Field’ category, FieldTurf surfaces once again scored high at other stadiums as well.  The New Meadowlands Stadium finished in second place while Seattle's Qwest Field ranked fourth, marking the tenth year in a row that the FieldTurf at the Seahawks’ home field has ranked in the top five among all artificial turf fields.  The Georgia Dome rated sixth, Gillette Stadium was seventh, Ford Field ranked eighth and Paul Brown Stadium was tenth.

The Shaw Sportexe field at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium dropped from previous years, falling to eighth place while Shaw Sportexe’s field in Minnesota at the Metrodome ranked 11th. Astroturf’s field in St. Louis at the Edward Jones Dome was also in the bottom tier coming in at the ninth position while Buffalo’s Astroturf surface at Ralph Wilson Stadium placed last among all artificial turf fields.

In the ‘Worst Artificial Infilled Playing Field’ category, the Shaw Sportexe field in Minnesota was ranked as the worst artificial surface in the league by NFL players, followed by Astroturf’s surface at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo and Astroturf’s surface at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Over the last decade, FieldTurf has set industry records for player approval and rankings of artificial surfaces through the league’s biennial players survey. More importantly is the clear direction that continues to be shown as more and more players experience the different surfaces at NFL stadiums from coast to coast.

"The 2010 NFL Players Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey reaffirms the level of excellence we are committed to," said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “As a result of more and more players experiencing FieldTurf, our ratings continue to be the highest among all artificial turf brands. We really like hearing it from the NFL players themselves and we're proud of every one of the 7000+ fields we've put in the ground.”

 2010 NFL PLAYERS ASSOCIATION ARTIFICIAL TURF PLAYING SURFACE RANKINGS – BEST FIELDS 

1.         Indianapolis (FieldTurf)
2.         New York Giants/Jets (FieldTurf)
3.         New Orleans (UBU Sports)
4.         Seattle (FieldTurf)
5.         Dallas (Hellas)
6.         Atlanta (FieldTurf)
7.         New England (FieldTurf)
8.         Detroit (FieldTurf)
8.         Baltimore (Shaw Sportexe)
9.         St. Louis (Astroturf)
10.       Cincinnati (FieldTurf)
11.       Minnesota (Shaw Sportexe)
12.       Buffalo (Astroturf)

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