Redskins Could Re-sod FedEx Field Midseason 2014
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Washington Redskins 2014 schedule features a nearly month-long span between home games that may afford the team an opportunity to re-sod the troublesome playing surface at FedEx Field.
Following a Week 7 home game against the Tennessee Titans on October 19, groundskeepers would have a 28-day window to make necessary repairs to the field.
The Redskins are scheduled to face the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings on the road in successive weeks before enjoying a bye in Week 10. The team’s next home game is not scheduled until Week 11 against Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 16.
Notoriously poor field conditions were heavily criticized after Robert Griffin III suffered a devastating knee injury during a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in January 2013.
Prior to the start of last season, the field was resurfaced with a new bermuda grass sod mix, expertly designed by horticulture professionals at Oklahoma State University and the United States Golf Association according to Sports Illustrated.
Although the grass blend is popular because of its durability, heat-resistant qualities, and ability to quickly repair itself, Washington was forced to apply new sod midseason due to choppy playing conditions. Crews were able to install fresh grass on the field’s most heavily trafficked areas during a 22-day window.
Former head coach Mike Shanahan was a strong advocate of having a natural playing surface, but conceded the team should investigate the possibility of field turf.
The Redskins have not yet said whether similar work is planned for the upcoming season.