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Old 07-24-2012, 03:26 PM   #1081
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Why the baseball fields for games? Natural grass. Not many football stadiums have Natural grass anymore. IN Seattle, they build a grass field and bring it in on top of the field turf to play these international friendlies. A lot of leagues and players for that matter won't play on anything other than grass. Having been years ago to Wales National Rugby stadium, the grass was mowed everyday an 1/8 inch, one of the most beautiful surfaces you'll ever walk on. A 70k seat stadium at the time they only used for international matches. Field turf is an American concept as demand and number of games played make natural grass pretty hard to maintain.
I'm not sure of the other cities that had their international friendlies in baseball stadiums, but in Chicago (Roma v. some Polish team I don't know) Soldier Field is all grass. The smart alternative to a smaller Toyota Park was there, but they chose Wrigley instead. I guess they're just trying to round out all the major sports that have played there. Next up, basketball...
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:10 PM   #1082
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I'm not sure of the other cities that had their international friendlies in baseball stadiums, but in Chicago (Roma v. some Polish team I don't know) Soldier Field is all grass. The smart alternative to a smaller Toyota Park was there, but they chose Wrigley instead. I guess they're just trying to round out all the major sports that have played there. Next up, basketball...
HA!

Luckily LA is hosting Tottenham at the Home Depot Center so nobody will be able to complain about turf.

It's nice having one of the oldest (and still one of the nicest) soccer specific stadiums in the country.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:36 PM   #1083
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Anyone looking forward to Olympic soccer starting tomorrow?

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Old 07-24-2012, 06:37 PM   #1084
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Very much stoked! There's actually quite a bit of mid-week action to enjoy: LA vs Tottenham, MLS All-Stars, and the beginning of the Olympic tournament.

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HA! And this isn't anything against Portland at all... I actually really respect the organization and the fans... but this guy is a couple candles short of a menorah.

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Well, US and France has been exciting!

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