I don't think that's true. At least I hope not since they replace the turf every year. They have to because it can not stay down for non-football events and it is not made so that you can pick it up and put it back down like the old Astro Turf. IIRC, it will take a few games for all of the rubber to settle, but that's it. Even when it hasn't settled it works fine, you just see more black pellets fly up.