According to Denis Calvert, owner of Sports Training Systems, LLC, the artificial turf being installed on the practice fields at Clemson University is ready for the start of fall practice.
"It's ready now," said Calvert. "You can get out there and run on it, walk on it, do whatever you want. We'll lay about a half-inch of sand down to weight it down, but it's ready."
If you haven't seen this kind of turf in person, or walked on it, it's nothing like the old astroturf that used to be installed in Major League Baseball stadiums or venues in the National Football League.
If anything, it's fast, but also forgiving.
When you run on it, you feel like your feet spring back up towards you. That bounce created by the consistency of the turf itself, which is made of recycled tires.
"The players love it," added Calvert. "Because it's so fast."
The turf is similar to what the Tigers' practiced on for the Peach Bowl last year in Atlanta, and also similar to what the Atlanta Falcons play on in the Georgia Dome.
The drainage system around the sides of the field is being finished this week, and the turf will be ready for the Tigers' first practice on Friday.
Practice Turf "Ready"
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