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Gillette's new field taking shape

Posted by Albert Breer  March 8, 2010 04:53 PM

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Gillette field.jpegThat picture to the right, straight from the Patriots' official Twitter feed, is the new FieldTurf going down at Gillette Stadium.

You can get a closer look at the actual surface right here.

So what is it, exactly? Well, Real Patriots says, "It's FieldTurf's newest creation", which is to say it's the next generation of the fake stuff. It's actually called Duraspine PRO, and it has as much to do, believe it or not, with soccer as it does with football.

See, the new stuff is expected to fall in line with FIFA's strict guidelines for playing conditions for international soccer. And seeing as though Patriots owner Robert Kraft owns a soccer team, and is on the board of directors for the United States' bid to get the World Cup here in 2018 or 2022, it all makes sense.

Anyway, this stuff is supposed to play as closer to natural grass than any surface before it has. Pretty amazing, when you consider how we all got here in the first place.

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