Date:Monday June 4 2012
February saw the surprising report that artificial pitches could be making a come back with it being thought that they would be a lot more advanced than the ones back in the 1980's were.
But, a Football League consultation has found that there is widespread opposition to the idea with the Premier League, Championship and PFA being against putting in 'plastic' grass. There were a couple of teams in League One interested in the idea and in League Two there was a thirteen-eleven majority in favour of artificial surfaces but this would not be a big enough majority to push through any change of regulations. Plus, with the potential cost of installing an artificial pitch being around £500,000, who, from the lower end of the football scale, could actually afford to do this?
Artificial pitches were banned in 1988 with the last one, at Deepdale home of Preston North End, being removed in 1994.
So, what are the pro's and con's of having an artificial pitch?
The obvious 'for' is that games wouldn't be abandoned in the bad weather due to snow/frost/ice - but, of course, there is still the surrounding area that would have to pass a safety inspection.
There would also be lower maintenance costs - no pesticides or fertilizers needed and would save water as it obviously wouldn`t need it.
The con's - I believe there would be more risk of MRSA from 'turf burns' and I also understand that artificial turf isn't too good for asthmatics. But, apart from that, I can't really think of many cons.
Should we have artificial pitches? Well, I don't really know the answer to that but I do think that the game probably would change. For instance, I don't think we'd see players tackling as much and it could be that we see the ball more and more in the air than on the pitch.
Me - well, as the saying goes, why mend what's not broken?
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Date:Monday June 4 2012
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