> > Why not be like Edmonton and put in real grass? It would be a lot
> > and the players would love it.
> Is it cheaper? My understanding is that laying down new sod is almost as
> expensive. The maintenance costs are the killer, however -- no one has to
> cut, water and maintain a turf field, whereas grass takes up a lot of
> maintenance time and money.
Plus, this is Regina where we only get about 4 decent months of weather for
growing anything aroung here...j/k but that aside, it is a lot harder to
maintain your lawn here, let alone a playing field. Most of the fields here
are hard, and that is with constant watering.
> The other issue is durability. Does Taylor Field get a lot of use from
> groups like minor football, soccer, field hockey, etc.? If so, you can be
> certain a grass field would not hold up very well to all that wear and
Besides the Riders, you have the Rams, all high school football games and if
I remember correctly, the minor football associations play the finals there.
> I know turf sucks, but for a busy field and limited budgets, it is really
> only option...