On Wednesday, the Detroit Lions confirmed an earlier report from Cranes Detroit that the team’s home site, Ford Field, will be getting new turf for the 2019 season.
In an official statement, the Lions announced that installation of the new turf will begin on May 1 and last about four weeks.
But don’t expect to notice a huge change as a fan. The Lions are sticking with the same company, FieldTurf, that has provided their playing surface since the opening of Ford Field.
“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 in an official statement. “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.”
According to the release, the Lions are actually using the same “FieldTurf Classic HD” turf they have had in years past, but an “upgraded” system. So while the turf promises to be more up-to-date, this isn’t exactly a drastic, noticeable change.