Washington, D.C - Considered one of the country’s most up-and-coming neighborhoods, the Navy Yard area in Washington, D.C. has been undergoing a revitalization since the 1990s. Now home to residential and office buildings, retail stores, and hip dining spots, the area also appeals to sports fans who flock to the MLB’s Nationals Park and the recently-opened soccer-specific Audi Field.
Audi Field is the new home of D.C. United, who played their opening match on the natural turf surface against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC last July. The 20,000-seat stadium was packed for the inaugural game and should draw huge crowds again when the upcoming season kicks off on March 3.
One of the key tools in a stadium groundskeeper’s arsenal is a high-quality turf blanket. That’s why the team invested in Evergreen® Radiant Turf Covers, designed to speed up seed germination and promote deep root development. Five sections measuring 80 by 230 feet are protecting the soccer pitch from winter weather, ensuring that the surface is ready for play this spring.
TarpMate™ Air Tarp Rollers were ordered along with the winter turf blankets to make installation, removal, and storage as easy as possible. The new turf growth blankets arrived at the stadium in mid-December in time to prevent potential damage caused by frost shock, wind desiccation, and winter kill. The turf cover’s greenhouse effect encourages faster turf growth, resulting in quicker spring openings by two to three weeks.
Posted January 16, 2019