The groundskeepers at Gillete Stadium recently intalled a grass field over the normal artificial turf to welcome World Cup champions Spain for their friendly against the United States on Saturday. But after a day of practices from both teams, it looks like the new field isn’t holding up against the rigors of soccer.
There are noticeable dents and upendend patches of grass throughout the field. There were murmurs among the Spanish media that the field could be dangerous to the players. Word is, that the grounds crew will fix the field before tomorrow’s game and try to prep it as best as they can.
Although grass was installed to host the U.S. v. Spain game, the turf field played on by the MLS's New England's Revolution meets FIFA's requirements. In February 2010, the old turf surface was upgraded to FieldTurf "Duraspine Pro," which has a 2-Star designation, the highest synthetic turf rating from FIFA. It is approved to host top UEFA competitions.