Inside the Wrigley Field re-sod
For those of you that remember last off-season’s intensive field reconstruction, this year’s project is much less intensive. Last year’s reconstruction leveled the crowned infield and installed 6,800 linear feet of pipe as part of a state-of-the-art drainage system.
This year, as part of the agreement to host the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field, the NHL is paying for new sod to be installed. The harsh weather surrounding the event — which reached 60-degree highs and below-zero lows — left the field damaged in some areas. The work started last week and is nearing its completion, though heavy rains briefly delayed work while the bare field had to be covered with the tarp.
Carl Rice, senior director of facility management and information technology, shared some interesting details on this year’s field re-do:
? The sod is a bluegrass from Colorado. It’s trucked in already cut and rolled.
? The old grass was removed and required 30 trucks in all to take off-site.
? Roughly 100,000 square feet of new sod was brought in, and it just replaces the top inch of the field.
? After last year’s work, the field is now sand-based instead of dirt-based. “That’s why the layer underneath the grass looks yellow instead of brown, like your lawn would look at home,” Rice said.
— Sean Ahmed