First, the confessional: I am not sure this is the right group to post this in, I am unaware of the level of previous threads that may have appeared on this subject (though I tend to think of that as a blessing), and I could give two squats about grudges between posters. http://www.southwestrec.com/fieldturf_turftalk4.htm I found this site in search of a reference of a field condemnation in Oregon- one with FieldTurf. The site itself can be questioned. It almost seems as if the Astroturf people own the testing process. Yet, here sits the Nike stuff in a shutdown condition. The controversy was kind of big in Boise earlier this summer. AstroPlay won out over FieldTurf as the new- and, yes, blue- turf for Bronco Stadium. This took place solely because FieldTurf contended that no extra padding was required for their product, thus leaving a bid line for the extra padding blank as their bid was submitted. Meanwhile, part of the reason for the new turf in Boise is because of a death that could partially be related to the old astroturf- a gridball player took a hit, paused for a bit, then landed backwards, helmet to turf. I wouldn't be surprised that the new synthetic stuff gets matted down after some use. The Lake Oswego report shown in the link should be noted for the main field at Lake Oswego HS, which hosts both LO and Lakeridge gridball games as well as the LO soccer team's games. I suspect it's been used beyond it's quota (time-related). It does bring into question how the turf has held up at, say, the University of Washington (hosting UW AND Seahawks gridball games the last couple years). I went to the Oregon game and their new FieldTurf surface last Saturday. First game on the turf, seemed quite soft to me (may be used to Boise natural surfaces now, which isn't much comparison). Getting my hands on the surface, I didn't feel at all comfortable sliding on it. It also seemed to develop lumps for some reason. Then there's the bothersome rubber pellets that stuck to me for a while... aided by having to chase my 4-year-old daughter on a 250-yard run through traffic (note: I'm 6'4", my wife is almost 6', so you can imagine how big this girl is already). I'm looking to see if there are any other observations regarding these surfaces. Maybe we can develop a consensus here.