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ATLANTA 1996 OLYMPICS | Spotlight

Soggy Carpet

A look at the day that was and at what lies ahead at the Summer Games

July 23, 1996|MIKE KUPPER

First-timers at the field hockey events were aghast to see sprinklers wetting down the artificial turf. In the kind of heat Atlanta is having, couldn't that only make things worse?

But watering the field has nothing to do with the weather; it has to do with uniformity.

Since 1976, artificial surfaces have been mandated for international play, but the ball tends to bounce, rather than roll, on dry turf. Hence, the watering.

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