Toronto, Ontario - When your playing field can often be at the mercy of Mother Nature, it’s time to find ways to beat her at her own game. That’s how the MacLeod inflatable field cover came into play at Toronto’s BMO Field earlier this year.
BMO Field’s outdoor stadium is home to Toronto FC and the Toronto Argonauts — last year, they played host to the CFL’s 104th Grey Cup, the MLS Championship game and the outdoor NHL Centennial Classic. After the popular hockey event, the old sod was stripped out and replaced with new turf under the watchful eye of head groundskeeper Robert Heggie and his dedicated staff. Heggie describes the system as a climate control cover.
Installing new sod in late January is almost unheard of in Canada, but thanks to a growing system that included the inflatable field cover, subsurface heating, special lighting and heated air blowers, the new surface was ready for the first Toronto FC game of the season on March 31. Designed to protect against rain, snow and extreme cold, the inflatable MacLeod Cover system forms a complete dome over the field and allows for maintenance and repair work to be carried out under the cover. Its unique material is translucent, waterproof and lightweight, encouraging natural photosynthesis and airflow to reach the turf.
Semi-automated for easy handling and fast installation, the inflatable football field cover can also be used as a weather cover and can help extend the growing season at the end of the year.