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New surface at McMahon Stadium for Stampeders season

McMahon Stadium
McMahon Stadium
Robert Thivierge, Wikimedia Commons

According to the Calgary Stampeders website on Thursday, there will be a new surface at McMahon Stadium for the Calgary Stampeders' 2014 Canadian Football League season.

A new synthetic surface is being put in to replace the football player friendly artificial turf that was installed in 2006.

The new surface is made by a company called FieldTurf and is made of polyethylene fibre, silica sand and granulated rubber to create softer surface than the Stampeders had prior to 2006.

The surface is also installed at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Molson Stadium in Montreal, Mosaic Stadium in Regina, CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Ford Field in Detroit, the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough (home of the New England Patriots) and Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The synthetic surface has received high praise throughout professional football for being significantly safer for athletes. Still concussions remain a serious problem in the sport as athletes are faster and stronger than ever before.