Thursday, January 19, 2006

The story of US - Honduras and artificial turf

A proposed US - Honduras World Cup warm up match might not happen unless an agreement over artificial turf can be reached.

The Birmingham, Alabama City Council last fall approved $778,160 for an artificial turf, replacing the natural grass that was installed for Olympic soccer in 1996.

The match is tentatively set for April 11th, but the installation was supposed to begin before that date. If this match is going to move forward, someone will have to pay the extra cost of delaying the installation. With this in mind, the Birmingham Park and Recreation Board on Wednesday offered a contract to the Alabama Sports Foundation that agreed to delay installing artificial turf at Legion Field until after the game. A park board consultant estimated that installation costs could rise as much as 5 percent with increases in costs of equipment, fuel and labor.

"The ball's in their court," said Park and Recreation Director Melvin Miller, of the ASF. "We'll hear what they have to say."

Whatever ends up happening, a choice has to be made soon. I'm sure the US is busy trying to line up their final list of games and if they do not hear from Birmingham soon, they will have no other choice then to find a new location.


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