The Detroit Lions are replacing the turf at Ford Field, with a new FieldTurf Classic HD system to be installed before the 2019 season.
Starting on May 1, the Lions will work over an estimated four weeks to install the new Ford Field turf—a FieldTurf Classic HD system. The new playing surface will replace the existing FieldTurf that was installed in 2013.
“We’ve partnered with FieldTurf since the inaugural season at Ford Field because of our confidence in their proven product,” said Detroit Lions Team President Rod Wood. “With ongoing enhancements in turf technology, we are embracing the opportunity to work with FieldTurf to install their best available playing surface and maintain the highest standards of safety for all players at our stadium.”
“FieldTurf is thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with the Detroit Lions,” said FieldTurf President Eric Daliere. “It is an honor and a testimony to the quality of our products that such prestigious organizations continue to put their trust in our company.”
Classic HD uses slit-film yarn intended to strike a balance between durability and feel. FieldTurf uses a mix of high-end polymer and UV stabilizers to create individual fibers that are designed for durability.
The announcement from the Lions marks the latest addition to the slate of field replacement projects taking place around the NFL this offseason. Among the other teams to announce similar initiatives include the Atlanta Falcons and Minnesota Vikings, who will install new turf at their respective homes, Mercedes-Benz Stadium and U.S. Bank Stadium.
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