PGE Park gets new playing surface

PGE Park lovers take note – the home of the Beavers and Timbers is getting a ground lift before the start of the 2008 sports season. This, according to a press release just issued, will involve tearing up the old ground and replacing it with FieldTurf, an artificial turf surface.

PGE Park officials said “the overall project will include the removal of the existing surface; the installation of FieldTurf’s state-of-the-art, two-and-a-half-inch monofilament playing field atop a porous asphalt base; and the implementation of FieldTurf’s patented infill mix of silica sand and cryogenic rubber. Workers will also repair, resurface and coat the existing warning track at PGE Park.”

“The current playing surface served the stadium very well for seven years of heavy use, but after careful consultation with industry experts, city officials, and our coaches and players, it was universally agreed that it was in our best interest to install new, state-of-the-art turf,” said Merritt Paulson, owner and president of the Portland Beavers and Portland Timbers. “First and foremost, the wear and tear of the current surface is at a point where player safety is at risk of being compromised. Additionally, the FieldTurf surface will give us a great deal more versatility in the type of events we can attract to Portland, specifically serving as a significant factor in securing larger-scale national and international sporting events.”

Expect sports at PGE Park to play on a different level I guess.

3 Comments so far

  1. devlyn (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 3:06 pm

    PGE has needed this *badly* for a while. While having grass would have been best (at least for the Timbers – whoo!), the turf will do well until we can kick the Beavers out into their own stadium. ^_^ Thanks, Merritt!

  2. Steve (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 3:38 pm

    Two questions not answered in the linked press release:

    1. What is the expected life-span of the new surface?


    2. how much is this costing the city?

    Note that the Memorial Coliseum has over a decade of deferred maintenance and upgrades, including an ice floor and refrigeration plant that make it the shame of the Western Hockey League. (Both the Coliseum and PGE Park are owned by the city, and they essentially compete for the same pot of money for maintenance and capital improvements.)

  3. Hula (unregistered) on January 11th, 2008 @ 5:38 pm

    1) cost is relative. seems artificial turf would be more cost effective than the maintenance for grass, but I don’t have any research on hand
    2)it might be more cost effective and even more environmentally friendly (saving water and all?), but I’m sad when real gets replaced by synthetic–sentimental value

    (ps–what’s up with html tags, like for italics, not working here? am I missing something?)

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