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Old Posted Mar 31, 2016, 3:58 AM
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This is a ten year old article, imagine how far along the technology has come, what is needed, as it is for most technology, is someone with the will to implement it.

Field of Screens
Monte Burke, Contributor Forbes 11/10/2006

In a few years NFL gridirons will become their own Jumbotrons. “Turf TV” might put the plasma in the den to shame.

Imagine this: you pull in your driveway after a long day at the office, step out of your car, and suddenly your lawn, yes, your lawn, lights up with a “Welcome Home, Honey!” Or how about this: The military has a runway deep in enemy territory that it wants to keep from getting blown up, so it changes the color of the landing turf to brown to blend in with the surrounding desert. When a plane comes in for a landing, two strips of lights appear. After the plane has landed, with a push of a button the strip reverts to camouflage mode.

Sounds cool, right? This technology will be available soon, making its grand entrance as a National Football League field. Mark Nicholls, the founder and chief executive of Sportexe, the number two maker of artificial turf in the NFL, has patented the process of “tufting” fiber optics with blades of plastic grass. “We will be able to turn the football field into a giant Jumbotron,” says Nicholls.

A field can display a huge American flag during the national anthem. At halftime a sponsor such as Budweiser could cover the field with its logo. During the game, that virtual first-down marker you see on your TV could now be on the field itself before the ball is snapped. And because sensors beneath the fibers can sense when any given blade’s light is obscured, referees can track the footsteps of a player to determine if he was in-bounds or not. Stadium owners would welcome the technology as well, as it would help them get more use out of the field: A few mouse clicks is all it takes to change the field from a gridiron to a soccer pitch. Compare that to the 2.5-hour, $650 process of cleaning and repainting lines on today’s artificial fields.

Sportexe’s interactive field is merely the latest salvo in the escalating artificial turf wars. AstroTurf, that pale green, postmodern creation of the 1960s, loathed by players and TV-viewers alike, is gone from NFL stadiums. It’s been replaced by what’s known as “in-fill” turf systems, which cover a football field with 50 million to 70 million 2.5-inch-tall blades of “grass” made from polyethylene, cushioned by a mixture of rubber pellets and silica that acts as the dirt. The in-fill fields look and feel more like natural grass; one company even supplies a spray that smells like freshly mowed grass.

The new fields claim to be softer and more forgiving than AstroTurf, which was a nylon rug laid over a shock-absorbing pad and concrete. The players like them better, too. But James Bradley, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ chief physician, says not enough research has been done on the new fields to validate a safety advantage. “I’d still prefer to see every game played on grass,” he says.

The in-fill system was patented in 1981 by a former professional golfer named Frederick Haas to make truer hitting surfaces in tee boxes. Its potential for sports fields was realized early on, but AstroTurf so dominated the artificial turf market that it wasn’t until 2002 that the first in-fill field was installed in the NFL, at Seattle’s Seahawks Stadium (now called Qwest Field). All 12 of the 31 NFL stadiums with artificial turf now use in-fill systems. In-fill systems are also found at baseball stadiums and town parks, and were recently approved by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association for World Cup soccer qualifying matches.

FieldTurf in Montreal (revenue: $235 million), run by a former Canadian Football League quarterback, is the market leader with eight stadiums, including Ford Field in Detroit, host of last year’s Super Bowl, the first ever played on an in-fill surface. FieldTurf says it has built 1,900 sports fields and 150 fields in town parks. The town of Redding, Calif. recently built four in-fill fields. Sportexe, in Fonthill, Ont. (revenue: $50 million), is the distant number two, with 300 fields, 2 of them for the NFL.

But Sportexe, 40% owned by former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell, believes the future of turf is interactive. Here’s how its “turf TV” works: A computer sends an image to the field, where it is distributed among 1,750 interconnected square trays, 7.5 feet on a side, that host their own light processing circuitry. Thousands of blades of polyethylene grass, blended with optical fibers, reflect light upward from the trays. It’s like a computer monitor that you can walk on. A football field would have 128 million pixels, which works out to 1,280 per square foot. In pixels per square foot it can’t hold a candle to your television set; in total pixels it’s well ahead.

Unlike your flat screen at home, this display is equipped to withstand the impact of a 380-pound lineman. The blades are conducting light, not electricity, so athletes can’t be electrocuted on rainy days, even if they’re losing badly.

At $1.5 million, the purchase price of an interactive field will be three times that of an unilluminated in-fill field and eight times that of a natural grass field. But Sportexe’s Nicholls points out that the ten-year maintenance bill on grass can approach $1 million, 20 times the cost of maintaining an in-fill field. A stadium owner may be able to pay the mortgage on the interactive grass with ad revenue or host more events if the field lines can be changed so easily and rapidly.

Nicholls says the lit-up fields are still two years away from commercialization. The technology, though, is already being employed, most notably on artificial Christmas trees.

“The technology isn’t really that amazing,” he says. “It’s just that no one’s done it on a field yet.”
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Old Posted Mar 31, 2016, 4:00 AM
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No technology can be seen as great in the business world unless it can be monetized, FIFA would kill for the above.
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Toronto and Montreal are dumps in comparison to Vancouver sorry to say it (great cities) but if a WC final is anywhere it should be BC place because that city will represent canada the best. You Toronto people need to get over yourselves. You're canada's biggest city. That's it, That's literally where it ends for you guys. "No city in canada will get another olympics untill toronto bids" "A world cup couldn't possibly happen without Toronto being the final match host...it's simply a non starter" HAHA shut up! WWC went just fine without you, Either way stop acting like the world owes you anything let alone the rest of canada, You're not entitled to anything
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Toronto and Montreal are dumps in comparison to Vancouver sorry to say it (great cities) but if a WC final is anywhere it should be BC place because that city will represent canada the best. You Toronto people need to get over yourselves. You're canada's biggest city. That's it, That's literally where it ends for you guys. "No city in canada will get another olympics untill toronto bids" "A world cup couldn't possibly happen without Toronto being the final match host...it's simply a non starter" HAHA shut up! WWC went just fine without you, Either way stop acting like the world owes you anything let alone the rest of canada, You're not entitled to anything
Yea, I guess it's not important that Toronto is the financial capital of Canada, right? And is the most multicultural city in Canada. And is the best known city in Canada to foreigners. But, yea - all it has over the other cities is it's the biggest. Right.

And comparing the WWC to the regular World Cup is hilariously laughable. I'm not going to even attempt to argue this point, because it's just too ridiculous.

I have no love of soccer and I don't even live in Toronto - but that doesn't mean I'm going to let any personal bias get in the way of facts - unlike your hatred of Toronto does.
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Yea!!! I would prefer going back to discussing curling and Jennifer Jones, or golf and Brooke Henderson
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Judging by TV ratings, women's curling is without any doubt, more popular than the "worlds most popular sport", soccer.... There is absolutely no way the WC will be coming to Canada

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh...161512244.html
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This is the second time in history that there will be no Canadian teams in the NHL playoffs. It will also be the first time that Canada has more Canadian teams in the NBA playoffs than the NHL playoffs. Go Raps!
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Judging by TV ratings, women's curling is without any doubt, more popular than the "worlds most popular sport", soccer.... There is absolutely no way the WC will be coming to Canada
Hey, I was watching curling on my new tablet the other night. I'm over 40 and watching online and not being counted, that's why curling TV ratings are so low (not over a million). I'm one of the growing legion of parents and grandparents given tablets et al as gifts from the kids to see pics of them doing stupid shit.

Is there a dripping with sarcasm emoticon here?

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Yea!!! I would prefer going back to discussing curling and Jennifer Jones, or golf and Brooke Henderson
Yeah but they're not really real sports according to one of our posters.
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Bell is part of a group who wants to bring back the Expos. 2 endroits pour le new stadium, Bassin Peel or Atwater.
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Do you write all your posts half and half? Seriously what was the point of changing it up to french half way through?
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Yea, I guess it's not important that Toronto is the financial capital of Canada, right? And is the most multicultural city in Canada. And is the best known city in Canada to foreigners. But, yea - all it has over the other cities is it's the biggest. Right.

And comparing the WWC to the regular World Cup is hilariously laughable. I'm not going to even attempt to argue this point, because it's just too ridiculous.

I have no love of soccer and I don't even live in Toronto - but that doesn't mean I'm going to let any personal bias get in the way of facts - unlike your hatred of Toronto does.
Yes yes, I hate Toronto because I'm open to another Canadian city hosting the World cup final I'm just not ignorant enough to believe Toronto should automatically be handed the final just because you feel it's entitled to it
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I get that "the biggest city" tends to host the WC final, but isn't it likely the case that's a function of how "the biggest city" tends to have the stadium best suited to hosting the WC final? Obviously that's not the case in Canada.

And it isn't written in stone that the WC final only goes to the biggest city. Yokohama hosted in 2002 and I know some will say that's practically Tokyo, but by that token a WC final could be hosted in Hamilton since that's "practically Toronto". NYC didn't host in 1994 when that city is hands down the top dog in the US.
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I get that "the biggest city" tends to host the WC final, but isn't it likely the case that's a function of how "the biggest city" tends to have the stadium best suited to hosting the WC final? Obviously that's not the case in Canada.
Exactly. The organizing committee will be looking at this differently to those who want to "showcase" Canada. The WCOC would undoubtedly prefer to have the final in one of the Big Three cities but it will have to be the optimum scenario.
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Toronto et Montréal sont des taudies par rapport à Vancouver désolé de le dire (grandes villes), mais si une finale WC est partout où il devrait être BC lieu parce que cette ville représentera le Canada le meilleur. Vous les gens de Toronto besoin d'obtenir sur vous-mêmes. Vous êtes la plus grande ville du canada. Voilà, Voilà littéralement où elle se termine pour vous les gars. "Aucune ville au Canada obtiendra un autre olympics jusqu'à ce que les offres Toronto" "Une coupe du monde ne pourrait se produire sans Toronto étant l'hôte de match final ... il est tout simplement un non starter" HAHA taire! WWC est allé très bien sans vous, arrêtez façon d'agir comme le monde vous doit quelque chose sans parler du reste du Canada, vous n'êtes pas autorisé à quoi que ce soit
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Judging by TV ratings, women's curling is without any doubt, more popular than the "worlds most popular sport", soccer.... There is absolutely no way the WC will be coming to Canada

https://ca.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/eh...161512244.html
TV viewership was likely strong because nobody wanted to travel to Swift Current to attend . Curling attendance at events in Canada has been trending downwards for the past decade or so.

It's funny that the women's worlds are watched with such high ratings given the fact that Canada has gone nearly a decade without winning the event.
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Curling attendance at events in Canada has been trending downwards for the past decade or so.
So have most sports, it wasn't long ago figure skating was filling the biggest arenas and topping the ratings and then the bottom fell out. Making a bit of a comeback now.
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