Thursday, December 31, 2009

Rose Bowl update!

The Rose Bowl Stadium will be the scene of a lot of activity over the next week or so and I've got an update for you.
The Rose Bowl game will pit the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Oregon Duck on January 1. The field they will play on was installed in early December. (Pictured above)
While the Rose Bowl is being played the fine people at West Coast Turf will begin cutting sod for the field that the January 7th National Championship will be played on. It's going to take over 100,000 square feet of sod to do the job. It will take overnight work harvesting and laying the sod to get it ready in time. The Rose Bowl staff will not be taking up the turf from the January 1 game, they will simply overlay the new turf on top. The new turf will be cut at a thickness of one and-a-half inches to ensure it will not come up during the Alabama/Texas game. Money quote:

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.

Full article here.

Until next time, Happy New Year!

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