Four weeks ago, a team of 35 people replaced the field with 1.4 million pounds of new Alabama-grown sod. Since then, the Tifway 419 hybrid Bermuda grass has received round-the-clock care, including maximum sunlight and watering. The NFL finished painting hash marks, the league shield and team logos over the weekend.
"If the grass doesn't look good, the rest of the event doesn't look good," said Jimmy Fox, co-owner of Chandler-based Evergreen Turf, which installed the sod. "It has become a high priority for the NFL to make sure the field looks good."
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The Grass Is Greener on the Inside
The Arizona Republic has an interesting story on its Web site about the prep work required to make University of Phoenix Stadium look spectacular for Super Bowl XLII. The process includes an army of field maintenance pros. As you probably know by now, the field can be moved in and out of the stadium, allowing the natural grass to grow outdoors. Pretty cool, eh? Here are a couple of paragraphs from the story: