A Texas school district has filed a massive lawsuit against the leading provider of high tech artificial turf surfaces, claiming that the company had provided a defective surface.
As reported by Dallas-Fort Worth ABC affiliate WFAA, the Arlington Indpendent School District has filed a $1 million lawsuit against FieldTurf USA, which provided the surface for the artificial turf at the district’s Lamar and Sam Houston High Schools. Both turf surfaces were installed in 2007, but Arlington officials claim that the surfaces began deteriorating to a significant degree in 2010, and that Field Turf USA agreed to repair or replace the surfaces in accordance with its warranty, but then failed to do so.
The problems at the fields are significant enough to warrant concern on the part of the parents of athletes, who fear their children face increased risk of series turf rash and increased opportunities for head injuries because of a lack of cushioning in the field surface. Nevertheless, the school district insists that all games for both schools will take place on both surfaces as scheduled.
Arlington isn’t the first district to encounter significant and expensive issues with a project undertaken by FieldTurf USA. In 2012, the Beaverton School District in Oregon had to spend $850,000 to replace turf that was installed on the district’s two high school surfaces just six years earlier, while Nashville private school Father Ryan filed a suit very similar to the current Arlington case in June of 2013. The Father Ryan field that required significant upgrading was just four years old.
“The field is not at the quality it’s supposed to be,” Phyllis McGeath, the mother of a Lamar athlete, told WFAA. “It’s coming up; it’s falling apart.
“With all the news right now in the NFL, about concussions and keeping the children safe, you would just think that would be the priority.”