TCU announced January 2 that they were installing new grass at Amon G. Carter Stadium for the first time in 23-years.
The announcement came from athletic director Chris Del Conte in his weekly blog post. Del Conte posted:
We are busy on the football and baseball fronts. It’s time for a new grass field and drainage system at Amon G. Carter Stadium. It’s hard to believe that our current field is 23 years old. We’ll be replacing the sub soils and grass and redoing the drainage system. Work has begun and will be completed in late April or early May, coinciding with the Bermuda 419 grass-growing season.
TCU sports-information director Mark Cohen followed up with a picture on twitter showing the beginning of the work in January.
The main part of the post is about improved drainage. Unfortunately I have yet to find any photos or information on the updated drainage except for a tweet from Cohen about the crown. The crown of the field is the amount that the center of the playing surface is raised compared to the sidelines to assist with water runoff and drainage.
Cohen tweeted that the field would have a 6-inch crown measured from the center of the field to the base of the sideline walls.
In May, Tri-Tex Grass made a blog post showing a before and after picture of their work.
The post also details what “washed turf” is, why is was used and even why it needs to be transported in refrigerated trucks.
The ‘washed’ turf was installed in a matter of days and guarantees players the safest surface to play on and staff the fastest establishing surface available.
‘Washed’ turf is a process of carefully removing all sand and soil from the root mat before delivery and installation.
The removal is achieved with the use of water, at a high pressure, being sprayed on the underside of the harvested grass.
Washed turf is used for free draining sports root zones to insure that no foreign particles contaminate the subsurface and hinder drainage.
Using washed turf expedites root establishment as shown, resists divots due to deeper rooting and provides superior drainage.
In addition to specialized sports fields, washed turf is useful on new golf greens and approaches, and high impact race courses such as equestrian tracks.
Washed turf is available in wide rolls and can be used in conjunction with reinforced root zone systems.
While washed turf is superior in many ways, it does come with some special considerations in transportation. Due to the root structures exposure, it is recommended to use refrigerated trailers and timely delivery.
The blog provided great insight into how detailed turf replacement is and why it is so expensive.
Lastly, probably the most overlooked part of the facilities post in January by Del Conte is about the addition of air conditioning to the indoor practice facility.
We’re also installing air conditioning in the Sam Baugh Indoor Practice Facility.
It’s hard for me to imagine what it must have been like having an indoor practice facility in Texas without air conditioning. Quite simply from a safety standpoint, this is a great upgrade.[h/t @TCUCoachP]