NFL Players Rank FieldTurf as Best Artificial Turf Field in the League for Tenth Year in a Row

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3 out of 4 of the league’s best artificial surfaces are FieldTurf

The 2010 NFL Players Playing Surfaces Opinion Survey reaffirms the level of excellence we are committed to.

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.”


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)

About FieldTurf

FieldTurf offers industry-leading engineering and manufacturing resources and leads the synthetic turf industry with regard to setting higher environmental standards. FieldTurf is the global market leader in terms of synthetic sports fields with more than 7000 fields installed. Additionally, FieldTurf has attained more than 15,000 satisfied customers in high quality pet, residential, commercial and municipal landscaping solutions, playground surfacing and has a complete range of golf and tennis products. FieldTurf synthetic turf customers enjoy the benefits of significantly reduced water consumption, the elimination of fertilizer and pesticides, superior durability and drainage and a product that looks and feels real. The positive environmental impact of FieldTurf provides the added benefit of LEED building contributions.

FieldTurf is part of Tarkett Sports, a Division of the Tarkett Group. Tarkett Sports is the largest entity in the sports and landscape surfacing industries. Included within the Tarkett Sports portfolio is an impressive range of performance sports flooring products. This product range includes: synthetic and hardwood basketball; volleyball and gymnasium flooring; squash and racquetball courts; floor protection and covering systems; weight room flooring; and high performance indoor and outdoor running tracks, featuring Beynon and Atlas track surfaces. All Tarkett Sports surfaces are developed, produced and installed with a concentration on sustainability and a commitment to protecting the environment, providing additional LEED contribution opportunities for customers. The company calls this focus on sustainability and the environment ‘Environmental Intelligence’ and all company personnel strive to exemplify this philosophy in all aspects of the business.

For more information, please visit: FieldTurf Artificial Grass & Synthetic Turf Products

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