Lions getting new FieldTurf for Ford Field

Andrew Weber-US PRESSWIRE

For the first time since it opened, Ford Field is getting new FieldTurf.

The Detroit Lions announced on Tuesday that Ford Field is getting a new playing surface. It will still be FieldTurf, but they are taking out the field that has been in place since Ford Field opened back in 2002. It is going to be replaced with something called FieldTurf Classic HD.

According to FieldTurf's website, the Classic HD surface is used by the University of Wisconsin and Indianapolis Colts. Here's more info on what it entails:

Classic HD is the newest slit-film fiber from FieldTurf. It was carefully crafted to maximize durability and safety, as well as being aesthetically pleasing. As we say, it's a Beauty and a Beast.

It was designed using the PPG philosophy – Polymer, Process, and Geometry, to create the new industry standard in slit-film yarn.

I have no idea what that even means, but it's good that the Lions are getting a new field. The old one looked pretty faded from a color standpoint, which I suppose isn't a surprise considering how much use it's gotten in the last 10 years.

The installation of the new field got underway on Tuesday and should be completed by the end of February.

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