One of the most welcome sights at the championships is new artificial turf in the Tacoma Dome. The old turf, which had been brought in second-hand...

Share story

TACOMA — One of the most welcome sights at the championships is new artificial turf in the Tacoma Dome. The old turf, which had been brought in second-hand from the Kingdome in 1992, had grown threadbare and was considered dangerous.


The City of Tacoma, which owns the Dome, paid $840,000 for the new surface and has a 10-year agreement to host some state semifinal and all championship football games, according to Tacoma Dome manager Mike Combs.


The WIAA said the Tacoma Dome needed new turf to continue to host games.


“There wasn’t a lot of arm-twisting because they wanted to keep the event, and the only way to do that was to put a new surface in here,” said WIAA executive director Mike Colbrese.


The new surface is ProGrass and Combs said it is FIFA-approved, which means the Dome can host soccer games.


Combs said Tacoma Dome officials are interested in hosting college football and he believes it would be an ideal site for the Western Washington-Central Washington game, which is now played at Qwest Field in Seattle. It also could serve as a neutral site for the game between Pacific Lutheran and Puget Sound.


Player reviews of the field were mixed.


“It’s a great surface,” Asotin running back Bryce Heitstuman said. “I got good traction, and it was soft to land on.”


Running back Lawrence Cacchiotti from La Salle of Union Gap disagreed, saying, “I don’t like it. I think it’s too long. You slide everywhere.”


Said Lynden quarterback Chris Bolt, who played on the new surface last week in the semifinals, “It kind of reminds me of a fake Christmas tree.”



Craig Smith: 206-464-8279 or csmith@seattletimes.com