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Football is played in the turf rather than on the turf — field maintenance strategies need to meet the multiple challenges unique to the sport.
“A natural grass playing surface seems to have no discernible brand, unlike a synthetic playing surface or virtually any other part of a sports facility.”
These are localized variations that occur on a small scale, which can result in either a change in the appearance of turfgrass or the need to alter management practices.
“Tom Seaver always said Shea Stadium’s mound had no equal. That’s a pretty good endorsement.”
“Much like managing a playing surface, your highest priority in managing a fleet of equipment and tools is safety.”
A healthy, dense stand of turfgrass isn’t just aesthetically pleasing — it also reduces the risk of player injury.
Ornamental plants can be an important contributor to the overall enjoyment of gameday for the fans.
“Cultural practices reduce water needs, which comes down to responsible stewardship.”
“Whatever the situation, irrigation systems starting accidentally on the field during games is a preventable embarrassment to the sports turf manager.”