The HPU baseball team played its recent
series of home games at Aloha Stadium on a new synthetic playing
surface, Field Turf, and both team and staff liked it.
Field Turf’s plastic “blades” are woven into
a base composed of miniscule rubber particles mixed with sand
that mirrors natural grass and dirt surfaces. The new turf was
installed in summer 2003 in order to allow for the NFL Pro Bowl
to continue being played in Hawai‘i.
NFL players had complained for years about the stadium’s
original Astroturf, a synthetic plastic carpet supported by
a layer of padding. Field Turf provides a level surface that
for better cushioning and a realistic feel without the unevenness
and occasional spottiness found in many natural grass fields.
I like it because you get a true hop every time,” said
outfielder Tyler Ward. “You don’t have to worry
about rocks or holes in the ground, and the grass is green
Field Turf has also been touted as a safer playing surface
then Astroturf. As the bottom layer of Astroturf’s padding
wore down from use and the passage of time, the playing surface
Every playing field should be converted to Field Turf because
it’s so much better on the body,” said catcher
and outfielder Greg Benoit, referring to the fact that Astroturf
has been blamed for numerous injuries.
Players experienced leg injuries because the Astroturf
tended to anchored athletes’ shoes in place. Hard pivots and
quick movements often led to sprains or even torn ligaments.
carpet could also cause turf burn when in contact with skin,
as when fielders dive for a ball. These burns frequently became
Every year when teams played on Astroturf, I saw a lot of ankle
and knee injuries,” said Athletic Trainer Jason Mitnick. “I
haven’t had any complaints with Field Turf so far.”
HPU has 14 games remaining this season, all of which
will be played on the Field Turf at Aloha Stadium.
Kalamalama was being
printed as the final home stand began April 10 when
the Sea Warriors hosted Biola University in a five-game