A big piece of news that didn’t get enough attention yesterday was Mark Stoops’ announcement that Commonwealth Stadium is moving to synthetic turf after next season. Stoops said that since the stadium will be undergoing the majority of its renovation next summer, it’s the right time to make the move, which will allow the team to maximize their practice time at the stadium. Right now, because of the temperate climate in Kentucky, it’s just not possible to play on the field very often for fear of tearing it up:
“Our field has been disappointing to me. Our grounds crew does a phenomenal job. They work their tails off and do an incredible job, but the fact of the matter is that we can not get on that field that much.”
Take a look here, four other SEC schools play on synthetic turf: Missouri, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt. The switch to synthetic turf is happening more and more for schools in areas with climates like Kentucky’s. On this morning’s show, Jared Lorenzen pointed out that the move to turf may also mean the KHSAA Championship could move to Commonwealth Stadium in the future, which would be awesome. This move to newly invented synthetics is not exclusive to the sport realms, children’s playgrounds are also getting revamped with surfaces you can read up on on sites like https://www.softsurfaces.co.uk/ these new developments certainly seem like imprvements on paper, but what do you think?
Do you approve of the move to synthetic bluegrass?