St. Louis, MO - There’s nothing quite like watching hockey the old-fashioned way — bundled up around an outdoor rink — which explains the popularity of the annual NHL Winter Classic. This year’s game on Jan. 2 between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks was no exception.
An immense amount of planning goes into game. This year’s host site, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, had to convert the baseball venue into a hockey arena by constructing an NHL-sized rink on top of the stadium’s turf field. Years ago, stadiums used a variety of products in an attempt to protect and save the turf, but recently they’ve opted to replace the grass after each Winter Classic game.
The rink is torn down and as soon as weather permits, the old turf is stripped out and new sod is installed. The timeline between laying down new sod and the season’s home opener can be a matter of weeks so Evergreen turf blankets have become an essential part of the process. In St. Louis, they ordered about 127,000 square feet of Evergreen Premium turf covers, confident that the product’s greenhouse effect would have the field ready for this year’s opener on April 2.
Evergreen turf blankets provide a protective barrier for the new turf, guarding it against adverse growing conditions. Whether it’s human or wildlife interference, environmental hazards or sudden periods of frost, turf blankets protect from damage while encouraging faster germination and earlier spring green-up. The seed germination blankets are UV treated, rot and mildew resistant and designed to stand up to years of use.