Los Angeles, CA - When your stadium is the go-to venue for everything from major sporting events to concerts, to food festivals, and movie shoots, keeping the field in top shape is crucial. That’s why the University of Southern California (USC) is using Evergreen turf covers at the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
New turf blankets were purchased last summer as the stadium prepared to host the NFL’s LA Rams and USC Trojan college football for the 2016-17 season. Evergreen growth blankets are used on football fields worldwide to speed up seed germination, promote deep root development and encourage faster green-up. Five 80’ wide sections of Evergreen Radiant turf blankets cover the full length and width of the field, ensuring that the turf looks its greenest and its best for any event and is healthy enough to withstand game-day traffic.
USC upgraded their Evergreen system to include Covermaster’s new TarpMate Air inflatable rollers which are custom made to be as long as the covers are wide. By rolling out the cover in its full width, it reduces the need to unfold and pull the turf blankets into position. This reduces man power and time needed to install or removed the covers and also allow the grounds crew to pin the lightweight turf blanket in place as they unroll it, minimizing any adverse wind effects.
It is important in stadiums as popular at the Coliseum to have quick turnaround between events and the new TarpMate Air rollers give them the advantage of using the Evergreen to maximize the benefits of this valuable turf management tool. They can now install the covers on off days or overnight when the field is not being used, and quickly have the field uncovered during the day while it is being used for an event. Seed germination blankets are also ideal for quick turf repairs, allowing the right amount of heat and ventilation to reach the surface below.
The new turf growth covers were spotted recently on social media when an early-morning tweet by @LAColiseumOps showed the Coliseum’s grounds crew pulling the blankets off the field: “Got another event in the building today so time to look sharp.” Covermaster is proud to be a part in the LA Coliseum’s turf program.
Posted May 18, 2017