Nice article by Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal about the new surface at Michigan State:

Amy Fouty treats the football field at Michigan State’s Spartan Stadium like an extension of her family.

The 45-year-old mother of two, with six grandchildren, is MSU’s sports turf manager. She’s tackling a massive project worth about $1 million this spring.

Fouty supervises a crew that’s resodding the stadium’s field with four blends of Kentucky bluegrass.

It’s being trucked in from a New Jersey-based company that specializes in quick turnarounds and has met the turf needs of NFL teams like the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.

“This is a living thing,” Fouty said of the turfgrass. “It’s like having another child.

“It gets more attention than my own family does.”

Fouty has worked this spring with Fields Inc., a Canton, GA-based company since the Spartans’ spring football game concluded April 13.

Crews ripped out the Kentucky bluegrass that filled the field for about eight years, found ways to recycle it elsewhere around campus and prepped the area with fresh MSU-engineered soil for a new batch.

Read it all and see video here

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