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New playing surface debuts at Gillette Stadium

A new synthetic turf playing surface made its debut when New England Revolution hosted Real Salt Lake in Major League Soccer (MLS) at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Saturday.

Gillette Stadium is home of the National Football League’s reigning Super Bowl champions New England Patriots and MLS’s New England Revolution.

The new surface features FieldTurf’s latest monofilament technology. FieldTurf has been the surface of choice at Gillette Stadium since transitioning from grass in 2006.

The state-of-the-art turf system features FieldTurf’s proprietary heavy infill system, which is critical to performance and playability.

The result is a surface that plays soft, feels real, looks great and hangs tough, according to FieldTurf.

Jim Nolan, senior vice president of Gillette Stadium, said:

We are excited to upgrade our game field to the latest FieldTurf technology. It is our goal each year to provide the highest quality surface for both the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, and we were eager to take advantage of FieldTurf’s latest innovations for the 2017 season.

Eric Daliere, president of Tarkett Sports, said:

Keeping in line with our commitment to ensure that the Patriots and Revolution consistently have the latest in synthetic field technology, we are pleased to have been selected once again by Gillette Stadium.

It is an honour and a testimony to the quality of our products that such prestigious organizations continue to put their trust in our company. We look forward to continuing this longstanding relationship with the Patriots, Revolution and Gillette Stadium for many years to come.

FieldTurf is the surface of two other joint NFL/MLS stadiums: Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, home of both the Seahawks and Sounders; and Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of both the Falcons and United FC. The MLS’s Portland Timbers also feature a FieldTurf surface at Providence Park.

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