Athens, GA - The University of Georgia’s Sanford Stadium in Athens has gained a certain amount of notoriety for several reasons. Not only did the venue host men’s and women’s soccer in the 1996 Summer Olympics, but it’s also known as the stadium where games are played “between the hedges”, referencing the turf field’s manicured greenery growing around the perimeter.
It’s also considered one of “the most beautiful on-campus” football stadiums, with considerable effort going into the maintenance of the natural turf field. Last year, the stadium invested in two new Evergreen® turf blankets from Covermaster®, sized to run the length of the field, along with two TarpMate™ Air Rollers and two additional sections of turf cover for the sidelines.
Just over 100,000 square feet of Evergreen® Radiant turf covers arrived at the venue last November, ready to protect the turf against sudden drops in temperature and promote early spring greenups. Rather than ordering multiple turf growth blankets to run horizontally across the field, the two large custom lengths turf covers should take less time to install and remove with the help of the new TarpMate air rollers.
Evergreen® Growth Blankets use a specialized coating that radiates additional heat back into the soil, creating a greenhouse effect for thicker turf and a longer growing season. They also offer protection against harsh conditions, including wind, erosion, frost and winter kill. Facilities using seed germination blankets typically experience spring openings two to three weeks earlier than the norm.
Posted March 19, 2019