Drainage Problems Contributed to Poor Surface, Renovations Underway
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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) - Despite being blamed for two season-ending injuries, the Redskins say the NFL approved the playing surface at FedEx Field three days before their playoff loss to the Seahawks last season. However, the franchise is still going with a new surface in 2013, and renovations are well underway.
According to Grant Paulsen – one of a select few given an early preview of the Skins’ ongoing field renovations – the team has switched from vendor ‘TifSport’ to ‘Latitude 36 bermudagrass.’ The Redskins’ new field surface is currently growing on the Eastern Shore and will be ready to be laid at FedEx on June 5 and June 6.
On top of a new surface to start the season, the team is also growing a backup turf which will be used to re-sod the field, number-to-number, endzone-to-endzone, near the midway point of the 2013 NFL season (between Nov. 3 matchup against the Chargers and Nov. 25 matchup against the 49ers).
Field renovations also include better drainage, as well as a fresh layer of silt.
The team discovered that not replacing the silt for four years, which sits atop the sand base underneath the turf, was preventing water from percolating the drainage system and the roots weren’t growing into the base.
It’s also important to note, FedEx Field will not play host to any college football games in 2013, preventing unnecessary deterioration of the playing surface during the season.
Listen to Grant Paulsen explain the field renovations in further detail below…
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