As Bills' '#Pelletgate' Takes Over Social Media, Advocate for Natural Grass Fields Speaks Out
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- There was a bit of confusion after halftime at New Era Field on Sunday, as the second half of the Pittsburgh Steelers-Buffalo Bills game was held up due to a buildup of black rubber pellets that had been scraped from the turf surface.
The pellets protect players from injury when diving for the ball. The team says tractors used to plow snow from the field dug into the turf too deeply.
The game was delayed for around seven minutes, and was quickly dubbed "pelletgate" on social media.
Jokes aside, Batavia Turf Instant Lawns owner Craig Yunker says artificial fields produce hazardous waste, and the incident raised concerns about player safety.
"It's more costly, but I don't think it's as good for the environment. It's not as safe for the players, and I think it takes away something from the fan experience," said Yunker. "I was worried about injuries for the players."
Yunker's company supplies turf for natural grass fields statewide.