New Turf @ Progressive Field

 

Pic from Newschopper 5 shows a bare dirt Progressive Field in October 2008 after grass was ripped up.

Pic from Newschopper 5 shows a bare dirt Progressive Field in October 2008 after grass was ripped up.

When the Indians take the field Friday for their home opener against the Blue Jays they will be doing it on a brand new field.  As soon as the season ended last fall crews went right to work ripping out the old turf and laying a new one. 

During the playoff run two years ago they replaced the sod in the foul territory from third base down around home plate and over to first and they occassionally fix up the areas in the outfield where the players tend to stand and wear out but this is the first time in while they’ve done the complete overhaul.

27 out of the 30 major league teams use natural grass and nationwide there are more than 2,100 sod farms but the key to good grass apparently lies in the Garden State.  Slam New Jersey if you will but its sandy soil is perfect for drainage leading to hardy blend of Kentucky Blue Grass.

This picture was taken from the Chopper a few days before the one above.  Crews put the sod strips down, then pulled them all up.

Tuckahoe Turf Farms in between Philly and Atlantic City is the choice of many sports teams including the Cleveland Browns and the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles to name a few. 

No word from the Indians on where this particular field came from, in the past Cygnet turf near Bowling Green has supplied the turf for the Indians.   

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