IN 1994, THE WORLD CUP SOCCER CHAMPIONships were held in various cities and in a variety of stadiums across the United States. Unlike American football, soccer is played almost exclusively on natural grass. The need for grass presented a problem for Detroit because its stadium, the Silverdome, is an indoor field with artificial turf. Growing grass in domed stadiums has not yet been successful, so the World Cup organizers turned to the soil scientists at Michigan State University. The scientists grew the grass outdoors on large pallets and then moved these pallets into the stadium in time for the games.
BLAKE PETERSON professional interests include geometry, problem solving, and teacher education.