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Why we need to OPEN our ROOF

$450 Million dollar is a lot of money to ask somebody to pay. Especially since it only costed St. Louis $280 Million dollars to construct the Edward Jones to begin with. The question is not whether St. Louis should pay but why? As of 2011, Edward Jones uses Astro Turf for its surface. Eversince Rams entered the Edward Jones they have been plagued by injuries. Some of them were minor and others were major, but all of them effected the level of our play. Were all the injuries cause by the hard surface of artificial turf, I doubt it, but here is an article that talks about injuries effected by turf.
"Physicians and trainers began to notice that players were injured with a greater frequency on the artificial turf. These injuries included anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, concussions, and ankle sprains."

What injuries have we dealt with over the past couple of seasons?

Another study states, "While there were 13.8 injuries per 100 session hours on turf and only 8.4 per 100 on natural grass, the type of injury matters."

Below is a chart of Adjusted Games Lost that I compiled from various sources. I couldn't find any data before 2008. I hope this gives you an idea of where we are when it comes to injury. I do hope that this will give St. Louis residents a reason to pay up so that we can have a healthy team focused on winning. If not for any other reason, the rams should want this to save on all the salaries they've lost to injury.

2008 2009 2010 2011 Average Stadium
TEN 23.4 22.5 31.6 37.7 28.8 Bermuda Grass
NYJ 17.8 38.4 41.9 30.4 32.125 Field Turf
SF 30.3 43.9 27.4 38.4 35 Bluegrass
ATL 27.9 54 16.1 48.6 36.65 Field Turf
KC 47.3 28.4 10 65.5 37.8 Grass
CHI 33.3 51.1 12.3 54.5 37.8 Grass
MIA 25.7 48.1 51 31.7 39.125 Bermuda Grass
MIN 33.5 23.2 55.4 48.8 40.225 Momentum Turf
DAL 53.3 22.5 31.8 62.5 42.525 Real Grass
ARI 33.5 24.4 38.3 86.8 45.75 Bermuda Grass
BAL 95 28.8 50.9 18.8 48.375 Momentum Turf
PHI 39 69.4 70.1 21.9 50.1 Desso GrassMaster
DEN 74.8 18.6 51.7 55.4 50.125 Desso GrassMaster
SD 34.7 56.4 39.6 72.6 50.825 Grass
NO 56.4 80.4 45 24.6 51.6 Synthetic Turf
TB 42.8 51.6 60.8 51.4 51.65 Bermuda Grass
HOU 44 57.6 55.2 50.1 51.725 Bermuda Grass
OAK 54.3 51.7 30.5 78 53.625 Grass
PIT 55.2 53.4 49.9 60.5 54.75 Grass
JAC 64.2 48.2 37.6 73.4 55.85 Bermuda Grass
NYG 35.9 56.2 58.1 78.3 57.125 Field Turf
GB 48.2 37 86.3 58.7 57.55 Desso GrassMaster
DET 102.3 76.7 51 28 64.5 Field Turf
BUF 48.2 97.7 41.7 71 64.65 Artificial Turf
WAS 55 75.5 69.9 67.5 66.975 Bermuda Grass
CAR 19.9 69 75 109.2 68.275 Grass
CIN 108.1 70.9 62.4 51.8 73.3 Field Turf
SEA 79.9 75.6 61.5 78.6 73.9 Field Turf
NE 79.1 46.8 72.5 97.5 73.975 Field Turf
CLE 73.7 81.2 94.7 71.8 80.35 Bluegrass
STL 80.3 75 56.9 110 80.55 Astro Turf/ Field Turf
IND 70.2 90.4 90.5 84.7 83.95 Field Turf
52.725 53.89375 50.8625 59.959375 54.360156

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