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Revolution comment on Gillette Stadium’s new turf

Heaps says new turf is an upgrade.

MLS: D.C. United at New England Revolution Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday marked the debut of Gillette Stadium’s new turf, which was advertised as the “the newest, most advanced monofilament FieldTurf surface available.” The New England Revolution played on the surface on Saturday and noted that it’s an upgrade over what they had before.

“We’re excited about it because we think last year’s surface definitely at the end there had too much sand in it,” head coach Jay Heaps explained.

The Revs have played on turf since 2006 when Gillette Stadium transitioned away from grass. Although it’s sometimes criticized, playing on an artificial surface certainly gives the Revolution a unique home-field advantage.

As is often the case with turf, it will take some time for the new surface to completely settle. Chris Tierney said that he “didn’t think it played great tonight” because it was “a little too heavy.” That should change over the next few weeks as everything settles.

“I think it’s still settling in but it plays really well,” Heaps said. “It’s new turf and we’ve had a couple of new surfaces out there in my tenure. Right now you’re still feeling it out but you can tell that it’s good for football. It’s going to roll nice.”