The Seahawks announced that a new FieldTurf playing surface will be installed at CenturyLink Field in February of 2012.
“The FieldTurf product that was installed in 2008 has performed well especially considering the increase in stadium events, specifically soccer matches and concerts,” said Peter McLoughlin, President of the Seahawks, Sounders FC and First & Goal Inc. president . “The new field will offer the field maintenance crew an outstanding and extremely durable product to meet the requirements of each event.”
In last year’s NFL Players playing surface survey, the current surface at CenturyLink Field ranked fourth among twelve artificial surfaces, trailing Lucas Oil Stadium, the new Meadowlands Stadium and the Louisiana Superdome. That was a drop from a second place ranking in 2008, the year the current was laid down, and first place rankings in 2002, 2004 and 2006.
Earlier this year, First & Goal commissioned a study regarding the feasibility of installing a natural grass playing surface after the current surface failed to receive a two-star rating from FIFA.
The new carpet will see quite a bit of action in 2012, as the University of Washington’s football team will be playing their home games in CenturyLink Field while renovations continue at Husky Stadium.