Report: Bills to have new turf installed for 2019

February 20, 2019 - 12:15 pm
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The Buffalo Bills will be running around on a new playing surface this coming season, according to WXXI News in Rochester.

The National Public Radio Station posted an audio interview and quotes on its website from Erie County Public Works Commissioner William Geary, stating there will be about $3 million worth of work in and around New Era Field in the coming months, including “some as simple as painting and concrete repairs,” and repairs to the parking lots.  Geary said “the big ticket price project this year is we're replacing the turf and track on the main field."

This is the sixth year of a ten year lease between the team and county.  The last time the turf was replaced was 2011.  At that time, the team installed what’s known as the A-Turf Titan surface, which according to the team’s website, was considered “the top synthetic turf system available and is noted as the industry’s top performing system by providing the perfect balance of traction, foot release and unparalleled durability.”

Speaking with people with knowledge of the industry, most new synthetic surfaces have a shelf-life of 8-10 years.  Given the weather in Buffalo and the field being exposed in the winter, there’s no surprise the New Era turf would need to replaced on the earlier end of that spectrum.

Some fans have wanted to see the team return to using red end zones, as opposed to the current blue.  There’s no word on if the organization will do that or not, but I’ve been told in the past that red turf doesn’t translate onto HD-TV as well, giving off a glare that can be tougher to determine depth perception.  So, given that all games are now broadcast in HD-TV, that may be a factor the team would have to consider if thinking of changing back.

According to the report, the goal is for all of these projects to be completed by the time the Bills return from training camp in Rochester, which is usually mid-August.


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