This week, Ford Field was busy getting another face lift. No, this time, the Detroit Lions aren't adding any new banners. Instead, they ripped out their old FieldTurf and began laying a special, new HD version.
The original surface had been in use since 2002, Ford Field's inaugural season. According to the FieldTurf website, the new "Classic HD" turf has been created to form the perfect blend of durability and softness. It's already being used in Indianapolis, New York, Seattle, Atlanta and New England. That soft yet durable mix sounds like the perfect combination, perhaps even an apt way to describe quarterback Matthew Stafford.
By late February, this new surface will be in place and the old will be completely swept away. Good riddance. All the old turf kept were bad memories. 0-16. Injuries. Last second losses. Blowout losses. Thanksgiving losses. Bad monster truck shows. Good Final Fours. Bad concerts. Good concerts. A decent Super Bowl. I could continue, but to spare your sanity, I won't.
In my mind, this is an excellent move. Whatever works to stem a losing tide, right? Perhaps this new field can be blessed, or have some lucky charms placed under it. The Lions are in need of something to change their luck at home. Last year, it was the long overdue move of hanging banners celebrating past success. When that didn't work as well, the Lions decided to tear out the whole field.
A little housekeeping never hurt anybody, especially when the new turf coming to town is also being used in other more successful NFL cities. With those teams and their recent results on FieldTurf HD, who could possibly argue with a switch? Maybe the good fortune's all in the ground, after all.
Meanwhile, good riddance to that bad old turf, which holds more painful memories than good ones. Here's to a better 11 years on this high-tech polymer surface. Hopefully, you're treated with a bit more respect by your new owners.
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