Jets owner Woody Johnson unveiled diamond-tuned artificial turf at the team’s training facility Tuesday, replacing the previous diamond-patterned turf in the new stadium.
The diamond-cutters are an improvement over the previous one and the Jets plan to use them in 2018-19.
“We’re really excited about this diamond-studded turf,” Johnson said Tuesday during a tour of the training facility.
“It’s a diamond cut.
That’s what we call it, and we’re really proud of it.
This is the third year that we’ve done this.
I’m really excited that it’s here and we can finally start to bring the quality of play that we want to see out of this place.”
Johnson said he also hopes to use the diamond-shaped turf for some special events in 2018, including concerts and other outdoor activities, but did not provide any specifics.
He said it was important to get rid of the old diamond-like turf, which has been in use since 1999.
The Jets bought the land around the training field from the county in 2018 and are installing it on the stadium site.
Johnson also announced the city of Winnipeg has agreed to pay $300,000 to replace the diamond cutting that replaced the old turf, as well as to help with the construction of the new soccer stadium.
The new diamond-cutting will be installed in a temporary patch of the stadium at the east end of the field.
The city of Regina agreed to the deal last month and expects to have it installed by late April.
Analyst Peter Schaffer of the SportsBusiness Journal said Johnson’s decision to keep the diamond turf in place was a smart one.
“Johnson wants to keep his stadium attractive and it will be attractive for fans who are going to be coming back,” Schaffer said.
“The diamond-toned turf is a nice touch.”
Schaffer also said he believes the diamond cutters will help improve the turf’s durability.
“If they’re going to make it to the end of this season and the next, this is a huge win for the city,” Schachter said.