Vol baseball approved for artificial turf in LNS

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Some NEWS: Multiple officials with & in Knoxville tell me has been approved to put artifical turf down inside Lindsey Nelson Stadium. Seven-figure project, barring any snags, could begin immediately after wrap fall baseball.
-John Brice

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-John Brice

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Yep. That is happening and will start right after fall practice ends from what I have heard. I like it. Fewer rain outs, more on field work for the team. Hopefully they keep the dirt mound though. Believe they will keep it.
 
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As an old guy that loves baseball, I prefer to watch games on grass. But it’s completely understandable why teams would do this.

I’ve never played on artificial turf, but I’m told infielders get a more predictable and consistent hop from the ball.
 
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I remember years ago artificial turf fields like the Houston Astrodome - the ball would bounce like it was coming off a trampoline. It was ridiculous, and totally altered the game. I don't follow baseball much at all. But, I trust that the artificial turfs today play much more like dirt/grass.
 
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I remember years ago artificial turf fields like the Houston Astrodome - the ball would bounce like it was coming off a trampoline. It was ridiculous, and totally altered the game. I don't follow baseball much at all. But, I trust that the artificial turfs today play much more like dirt/grass.
They almost play too true imo. Real grass and dirt takes funny hops at times. I don't like turf.
 
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As an old guy that loves baseball, I prefer to watch games on grass. But it’s completely understandable why teams would do this.

I’ve never played on artificial turf, but I’m told infielders get a more predictable and consistent hop from the ball.
I hated it. Ball is much quicker on turf. And I had a routine before every pitch of smoothing out my dirt area ahead of me. Would forget and do that on turf and catch my GD cleat in the turf.
 
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I think the program will benefit greatly from this. A lot more practice time and could create a very good home field advantage with just being used to the turf. I know the turf at Mizzou had a little bit of affect during that series last year.
 
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Other than Ohio State, there's nothing I abhor more than watching those Regional and super Regional games on field turf fields with field turf dirt and field turf mounds. As someone else mentioned, I can't imagine baseball without the smell of the grass and the crunch of the dirt under your cleats. I don't even like it for all grass fields, like football and, but at least in those scenarios I can fathom why someone would want to do it. I hope they don't do it, or it will be a sad day.
 
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Does turf = WINS - NO

Hits do and this past weekend we did not have too many.
Turf means fewer rainouts and more outdoor development. That equals more live AB’s and game AB’s. I am all for giving our guys what they need. As someone that has to maintain a field in this region I would kill for turf.
 

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