Super Bowl LVI changed significantly after that Odell Beckham Jr.. He lost the match with a knee injury after his leg was stuck on the artificial turf of SoFi Stadium. Beckham, who scored twice for 52 yards and landed on three goals, was dominating the league championship game before the injury.
Not only was Beckham unable to play for the rest of Super Bowl LVI, but he has to worry about his future after suffering what’s expected to be another ACL tear in the same knee he sustained last season while at Brown, according to CBS. Sports. Jason Las Canfora, an NFL insider. Beckham’s injury has caused NFL players, current and former, to cancel the use of turf.
Of course, the $5 billion SoFi stadium is one of them.
There is a lot of support for natural grass fields, but what is the “Flip The Turf” campaign? Half of the league teams play on artificial turf, which is why players pay to change. There are statistics in the campaign To support why the fields should go from grass to grass.
In the petition, grass fields contain:
- 28% more injuries to the lower body are due to lack of contact.
- 32% of the non-contact knee injuries and 69% of the non-contact foot and ankle injuries occurred on turf.
- The temperature of the lawn can reach 60 degrees more than the natural lawn, which increases the rate of release and ingestion of toxic gases.
There are also environmental issues behind the campaign:
- Currently, lawn cannot be recycled in the United States, resulting in an estimated 330 million pounds of landfill waste each year, and microplastics in our water and irrigation systems.
- On average, a single grass field requires more than 440,000 pounds of petroleum derivatives. Its production yields carbon, creates fossil fuels, and contributes to global warming.
- Unlike turf, turf does not cool the environment. It does not filter air and water pollutants. It does not fix carbon dioxide and does not release oxygen. The grass does not have any climatic benefits.
Players pay to change. Super Bowl LVI is perhaps the breaking point.