But as Piper USD 203 in Kansas City, Kan., watched its high school field deteriorate, that is precisely what was happening.
Superintendent Tim Conrad recalled how the green fibers would fall out and stick to one’s skin.
“I could get down on my field and rub my hand on the field,” he said, “and my hand would be covered with this.”
In Kansas and across the country, fields like Piper’s — which cost schools several hundred thousand dollars to install — have degraded earlier than expected.
The product woes have left school districts in a bind as they figure out their best options to replace troubled turf. And though the fields are warrantied, the districts are walking away with very different deals.