We have been working with the Rose Bowl since the Super Bowl in 1993. We’ve specialized in sports fields for nearly 20 years, so we’re ready for this situation,” said West Coast Turf spokesperson, Tom Stafford. “They are perfectionists over there (at the Rose Bowl), and are well known for excellent field conditions. But this project is extra special for them. We’ve monitored this sod for months.
"Three years ago we used the same ‘overlay’ technique at University of Phoenix Stadium for a similar situation with the Fiesta Bowl game and then the BCS Championship there a few days later. The guys at the Rose Bowl watched us do that successfully, and we all decided it’d be the right choice for their big game. We’ve been here before and are confident we’ll have a surface to be proud of come January 7th,” Stafford said.
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
It's not all pro sports around this blog. I do find some nifty items concerning college and even high school sports to pass along.
“It was like walking through the gates of Disneyland: Jaws dropped and eyes were all over the place,” said Joe Rotondi, the head football coach, adding that so many players were looking around during the first practice in July that he had to stop and give them 10 minutes to walk around.
Friendswood High School, southeast of Houston, is having problems with their FieldTurf. In the summer of 2006 the surface was installed and since then has requred 300 repairs! Money quote:
The district claims the company hired unqualified day laborers off the street to lay the artificial turf and that crews did the installation in a rush. Workers still were putting down turf an hour before the 2006 season’s opening football game, district officials have said.
School district officials are considering litigation. FieldTurf Tarkett needs to make this right. If there is one group of people you don't want upset with you, it's football fans in Texas!
Last but not least, this year is the 80th anniversary of one of the great traditions of Southern football: hedges! (Link) If it's fall in the south, then there is some action going on "between the hedges," and it was eighty years ago this fall the first hedges were planted at Georgia's Sanford Stadium. The hedges were inspired by rose bushes that used to surround the field at the Rose Bowl. Apparently rose bushes wouldn't fare well in Georgia, so they used hedges, planting them during the night just before the first Bulldog game at Sanford Stadium.
If any of you are thinking of making a trip to Athens to covertly obtain a sample, think twice: The hedges are protected by a security camera system and the hedges have a chain-link fence hidden inside. Like the Boss said: "You can look, but you better not touch."
Until next time!
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
The 7,850-square metre playing field will be the first major sports field in Canada to employ a SubAir System, which acts like a huge underground vacuum to pull away excess water. The technology, used on the greens of such renowned golf courses as Augusta National, Pebble Beach and TPC Sawgrass, also forces air from pipes underneath the soil to the surface, increasing the rate at which the field will dry.
In addition to the SubAir technology, an elaborate heating coil system that warms the soil is being installed. It will ensure BMO Field is ready no matter the conditions during the long Major League Soccer season, which begins in March and can stretch to November.
Finally, at the end of March, 2.5-centimetre thick sod will be laid. No matter what the weather, the heating, SubAir and irrigation systems will have it firmly rooted in time for the first game.
- Invesco at Mile High - Denver Broncos - DD GrassMaster with SubAir
- Dick's Sporting Goods Park - Colorado Rapids - natural grass SubAir
- Rio Tinto Stadium - Real Salt Lake - natural grass with SubAir
- Lambeau Field - Green Bay Packers - DD GrassMaster
Monday, December 7, 2009
"The Bears and the Park District should definitely sit down and explore the options in the offseason," Soldier Field general manager Tim LeFevour said. "It would probably benefit all parties."
The park district and the Bears have done as good a job as possible of keeping the playing field manageable. But there is only so much anyone can do. There still have been divots all over the field. Cleats often don't grip right, and players end up sliding when they try to stop.
Monday, November 30, 2009
- The Titans field looked terrible yesterday.
- Once again, the Chargers knocked my socks off yesterday.
- The Chargers were also back to their 50th anniversary logo.
- Do your kids play for 60 minutes a day? They do in Houston, Minnesota, Tennessee and Denver.
- Not only does Denver want you to have a happy Thanksgiving, they also want you to notive their outstanding end zones. This is what they looked like back on November 9.
- LSU does a great job on their field! Their midfield logo is one of the most unique in college football. I also love their yard line markers. They do every five yard line, not just every ten yard line. They also use a drop shadow!
- The Edmonton Eskimos mark their ten yard lines in yellow.
- Louisville and Arkansas recently tangled on the college hardwood. You'd have thought they were playing for a giant peanut butter cup.
- The Winter Olympics are coming up! Here's center ice from Torino in 2006. I hope Vancouver looks as nice.
- Lastly....the Irish got screwed.
Friday, November 27, 2009
Shame on me!!
- The end zones once again had 'Tampa Bay'!!
- The Pièce de résistance was the midfield!!! Only the Colts have their helmet at midfield. The Bucs helmet was twice as big as the Colts. It was HUGE!! It spans 16 yards, while the Colts covers 8. Maybe my memory is corroded but it seemed that everybody had their helmet at midfield in years past. Oh well.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
- Holy retro, Dr. J! The Philadelphia 76ers have a nice retro center court this year.
- Everybody who has a product ad on the bottom of their scoreboard take one step forward. Not so fast Portland! Thank you for the restraint.
- As nice as the Philly center court is, the Toronto one isn't.
- New Jersey....I don't know what to say. And, you don't know when to stop with the ads. Okay, there are ads for: Peak (fitness?), something under the Peak ad, Doublemint gum, Izod, something under the Izod ad, and State Farm. That's six ads on the stanchion. Too, too much. You want to move the Nets to Brooklyn? That stuff doesn't fly there. Brooklyn is much hipper than that.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
- Midfield - Earlier in the season, there was nothing in the Heinz midfield. Saturday, November 14, 'PITT' was on the midfield. The next day, the Steelers lost to the Bengals, but thanks to the hard work of the grounds crew, the Steelers had their own logo on midfield. Joe Robbie Stadium had the Hurricanes 'U' logo for the October 3 tilt against the Oklahoma Sooners. Three weeks later the NFL Dolphins lost to the Saints but had their Dolphin logo on the 50.
- End Zones - The way these two teams handle this mimimizes the work for the grounds crews. One Heinz end zone has 'PITTSBURGH', the other just has diagonal lines (which I love). Joe Robbie is even simpler, each end zone has 'MIAMI'.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
- November 3 I posted about how I saw some college conference logos were placed between the yard line markers and the hash marks. I thought, at the time, this was unusual. Further research shows that it's pretty standard. Here's the Cincinnati Bearcats, they put theirs on the 20 yard line. Also, notice also their yard line markers are in red with the white drop shadow. The Clemson Tigers have theirs on the 25 yard line (which seems to be a standard placement) and also have a ribbon. The undefeated Florida Gators have theirs on the 35 yard line, and have their Gator logo out there too. I haven's seen any Big Ten schools with the conference logo at all.
- Speaking of the Big Ten, the Iowa Hawkeyes have been having a good season. I've been waiting a while to post this. Let's take a look at this shot from the Iowa/Michigan game about a month back. Take a look at the 10 yard line marker. It seems every football team has a different look for their yard lines. What does Iowa use? A check of this site reveals the Hawkeyes use....helvetica!!
- I can't tell what typeface LSU uses but they like to label every 5 yard line, not just the 10s. I also love their 'tiger eye' logo at midfield. The way they 'fade' it at the edges is outstanding. One of my favorite college midfields.
- Clemson University has their paw at midfield and in the end zone. Nice!
- The Denver Broncos end zone is unchanged since October 9. They have a Legacy game November 22, we'll see if they make any changes then.
- How many football teams put their city (or state) name in one end zone, and their nickname in the other? I don't know, I'm going to have to start keeping track of this. This past weekend reveals the Chicago Bears do it.
- College basketball season is ramping up. Here's a shot from a 1955 NC State/Clemson game at Reynolds Coliseum. Notice how narrow the lane is. And how short the shorts are.
- Ahh the Raiders. A once proud NFL team on hard times. Their field is on hard times as well. To be fair, their facility is also home to the Oakland A's. The conversion to football is not going well. The sad looking area is the second base area. I'm not sure why the area behind second base was replaced, but it looks terrible.
- The Miami Dolphins midfield classic logo.
- The Steelers recently replaced the 'main street' down the center of Heinz Field. Looks like the Chiefs need to do the same.
- Lastly...NASCAR! I love racing and it was in nearby Martinsville recently. When entering their pit box, it is critical that the driver parks their car/truck in the right spot. Check out the detail that Kevin Harvick's team achieved in marking his spot. Not so much for this team.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
- First stop, Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis! (Now site of the Mall of America) Way back on October 20, 1968 the Vikings hosted the Dallas Cowboys. Let's check out their midfield logo. Very simply a Viking "V". Also notice how close the yard line numeral is to the hash mark.
- Still at Metropolitan Stadium, the Vikings had the classic 'diamond' pattern in their end zone. Here's a shot of the other end zone. Not sure of the dates of these.
- Remember the Raiders? You may not have heard from them lately but they were quite the team back in the day. These two shots are from November 17, 1968 (the infamous Heidi Game). Diamond end zones again, but with a silver background and black diamonds. Shot #1 and shot #2.
- Let's stay in the AFL. Kansas City used to play in Municipal Stadium, and like many football teams have their helmet painted on the field. But how often do they paint the other team's helmet on the field? I've never seen it before but I located a shot from November 1, 1970 between the Chiefs and the Raiders showing both. By the way, in the shot, George Blanda is attempting a 48 yard field goal. He made it to tie the game in the fourth quarter. The game finished tied.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
A tuft for the windowsill? A pallet for the backyard? Officially licensed grass is about to be sold, in the form of sod or seeds, to fans who want a patch to call their own.
Before we go...would you like a sneak peek of the World Series logo painted on the grass?
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
- The Yankees are in the American League Championship Series! If you like the grass at Yankee Stadium, good news! You can buy the exact same sod used there.
- Speaking of Yankee Stadium, it'll be hosting a new bowl game starting December, 2010. I'll be interested to see the field for that.
- U2 played in Tampa.
- The Minnesota Twins move into a new outdoor stadium next spring. Some people are miffed the turf is coming from Colorado.
- Idiots...'nuff said.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Chiefs have taken a different approach. They have a nice midfield commemorative logo (looking a little rough at this point, it's their third home game in four weeks) but have their regular end zone.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
In its wake, the U2 tour is leaving sod at stadiums across the nation
The entire grass field at the stadium is being replaced this week, as is usually done before the Bears home opener. But this year, officials decided to wait until after the U2 concerts over the weekend. "This has been planned all along," team spokesman Scott Hagel said. "And it isn't unusual. Prior to every regular season opener, portions of the field are re-sodded. So this is something we have done annually."
After U2 played at FedEx Field Tuesday night, the sod was not replaced before Sunday's Bucs-Redskins game.Which explains why the field looked awful.
But the Redskins have announced that the sod will be replaced after the game.
UVa doesn't expect to be that fortunate this time. U2's stage, located in the stadium's south end, is massive. Aluminum panels stretching about 75 yards, from the south end zone to the opposite 35-yard line, will cover much of the field for more than a week.
"It's likely the grass will die and not be safe and playable," Bauman said.
Still, a final decision won't come until Oct. 4, when all the concert equipment has been removed. UVa's football team has five home games left, starting Oct. 10, and the Virginia High School League will play two state finals at Scott Stadium on Dec. 12.
Live Nation, which is promoting the concert, will bear the financial responsibility if the field must be replaced.
"This has been a partnership with Live Nation," Bauman said. "They understand we have football games to play. They want that to go well for us, and they want the concert to go well, too."
If the field has to be replaced, a Charlotte-based company, Carolina Green, will begin removing the playing surface Oct. 4. A day later, the installation of thick cut sod, grown for UVa in Maryland, will begin.
According to athletic director Lee Fowler, concert organizers have put money in the six-figure range in escrow to build a new field after the concert. Of that money, some will be spent on resodding immediately after the concert, with the rest left for work after the season if necessary.School officials have consulted with experts who have completed similar turf rebuilding efforts after shows in other stadiums, but they are anxious to see the results.
- Hockey season is here!
- More on the Broncos season-long Legacy project!
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
- The 'mystery stadium' that had the simple end zones
- The 'U2 replaces-sod' deal happening around the country