Report Questions Turf Field Durability at Local Schools

A number of turf fields at Wisconsin schools could be at risk of falling apart faster than they should, according to a report released this week by NJ Advance Media. 

That report says the company FieldTurf knowingly installed hundreds of fields at schools across the nation, despite knowing they could split, crack, or break apart faster than they marketed. 

That list includes up to 9 schools in Wisconsin, including 5 in Southeast Wisconsin.

They are: 

  • Art Keller Field at Carthage College in Kenosha
  • Hart Park - Wauwatosa
  • School District of Shorewood (Two fields listed, but no locations provided)
  • University of Wisconsin Whitewater
  • Whitefish Bay High School

We reached out to all five, but only heard back from Carthage College. The Athletic Department there tells us they've been very pleased with their turf field installed 9 years ago, and would consider using FieldTurf for future projects.

FieldTurf tells CBS-58 that no fields in Southeast Wisconsin have been replaced due to the issue.

However, one unidentified school is involved in a legal battle with the company. 

In a statement, FieldTurf says: "this field has already exceeded its warranty period, the field is still in use, and FieldTurf is confident in its legal position"

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