Have Things Turned Out As Planned?
This is a thread that I am beginning as a springboard from a Nunusguy post on another thread.
The Texans placed a lot of emphasis on the planning of strategies to make Reliant Stadium and its support facilities the safety and maximum home field advantage:
Real grass which could be maintained fresh every game by allowing frequent feeding by sun and changing pallets often............The architects miscalculated the angle of the sun and the amount of time that the grass would be exposed for adequate growth. The frequency of changing of the pallets initially was very inadequate. Recently, the grass condition at game time has been improved by more frequent pallet changes. However, changes have not been able to be performed often enough to maintain a relatively uniform field.
Practices in the mid day Houston sun would harden the troops. There is no doubt that the 1st few years, the players sustained an inordinate number of muscle injuries during OTA’s, TC, preseason and regular season practices, with the heat factor (dehydration, improper pre-activity preparation, etc). This has improved in recent years, but is still suspect.
The heat factor would beat down the opponent. The sun would fry the opponent’s bench. We only have to ask ourselves, how often do we have the roof open in extremes of heat???? How often are the players exposed to extreme heat and humidity in away games???