Haslam Field turf replaced to stay green

Haslam Field turf replaced to stay green

The field at Haslam field is being torn up over the summer. Tennessee will use the opportunity to do  drainage work, but the main reason for ripping up the old grass is to keep the field green year-round.

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The field at Haslam field is being torn up over the summer. Tennessee will use the opportunity to do drainage work, but the main reason for ripping up the old grass is to keep the field green year-round.

The pristine athletic turf of Haslam Field is being torn up. And this time, 300-pound football players aren’t the culprit.

Darren Seybold, Tennessee’s director of sports surface management, said the new turf is simply a rite of spring that occurs every year between the end of spring practice and the beginning of the summer season.

UT will use the opportunity to do some drainage work, but the main reason for ripping up the old grass is simply to keep the field green year-round.

“Knoxville is in what is called a transition climate zone in the turf-grass industry,” Seybold said Friday.

That means the grass that looks the best in a cool season might turn brown in the summer, or vice versa. You may experience something like that in your own front yard. But while it’s possible to overseed a lawn or simply deal with a few months of dormant grass, that’s no longer an option at many colleges.

Alabama, LSU and other top programs re-sod their turf annually. Derek Dooley thought Tennessee should do the same, Seybold said, to demonstrate its commitment to top-quality competition surfaces 12 months out of the year.

Seybold said he will likely continue the annual re-sodding at least until the Vols’ outdoor practice fields are expanded in a few years.

Despite some unpredictable winter weather, the practice fields were pristine and green for Tennessee’s six weeks of spring football. So where does that old turf go? Seybold said it’s probably not a good fit for your front lawn.

“It’s pretty well pulverized by the way we take it off,” Seybold said.

Any intact turf goes to Knox County for their grass-patching needs.

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Comments » 16

Henley-Street-Bridge writes:

The Amount of money these guys spend when they're broke simply astonishes me.

GBOEngineer writes:

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

The Amount of money these guys spend when they're broke simply astonishes me.

sort of like the federal government

dvols writes:

this kind of grass don't cost that much..

a nice healthy turf protects these players from injury!

eVOLved writes:

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

The Amount of money these guys spend when they're broke simply astonishes me.

True, but they are suddenly bringing in a top recruiting class at the start of a new era in college football (sec network now and playoffs next year). I was astounded by this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=... and parts of it that were built look even sharper (like that room with the big Power T in the circle that hangs from the ceiling that looks much more plain in the video).

SevenT writes:

Dooley thought since LSU and Alabama re-do their turf so should Tennessee. Now that is pretty hilarious. The Doolaid Drinkers bought everything "Coach" said hook line and sinker.

CoverOrange writes:

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

The Amount of money these guys spend when they're broke simply astonishes me.

$100M operation, $10k for grass. Pittance compared to value of being able to practice on a good field.

gomer20 writes:

in response to eVOLved:

True, but they are suddenly bringing in a top recruiting class at the start of a new era in college football (sec network now and playoffs next year). I was astounded by this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=... and parts of it that were built look even sharper (like that room with the big Power T in the circle that hangs from the ceiling that looks much more plain in the video).

What astonishes me is sunshine pumpers bragging about a recruiting class 9 months before signing day! I have news for ya once bama andeverybody else starts recruiting more heavily and has their usual 10 plus win seasons and we start getting embarrassed week after week and end up 5 and 7 again which I'm sure will happen, that elite recruiting class you rah rah orange koolaid drinkers beat your chest about daily won't look so good!

antonio14313 writes:

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

The Amount of money these guys spend when they're broke simply astonishes me.

...probably because they're not broke. They wouldn't spend it if they didn't have it. ;) go vols.

t

laraccoon writes:

in response to SevenT:

Dooley thought since LSU and Alabama re-do their turf so should Tennessee. Now that is pretty hilarious. The Doolaid Drinkers bought everything "Coach" said hook line and sinker.

I think Wyoming re-sods seasonal too . t

WetumpkaThumpa writes:

in response to Henley-Street-Bridge:

The Amount of money these guys spend when they're broke simply astonishes me.

Please do some research before you post in the future.

rbwtn writes:

you can tell it's "off season" people making comments when they have nothing to say. whoops
I'm guilty too. blush that's it until we win something.

usafvol writes:

in response to gomer20:

What astonishes me is sunshine pumpers bragging about a recruiting class 9 months before signing day! I have news for ya once bama andeverybody else starts recruiting more heavily and has their usual 10 plus win seasons and we start getting embarrassed week after week and end up 5 and 7 again which I'm sure will happen, that elite recruiting class you rah rah orange koolaid drinkers beat your chest about daily won't look so good!

What astonishes me are the loser trolls like yourself who's biggest thrill in their miserable life is to come on here trying to piss people off. You are just a pathetic little boy who probably never accomplished anything in your life so you starve for attention. I laugh at people like you!

UTvols33 writes:

in response to SevenT:

Dooley thought since LSU and Alabama re-do their turf so should Tennessee. Now that is pretty hilarious. The Doolaid Drinkers bought everything "Coach" said hook line and sinker.

^^^^^^^^^^^^Loser.

LaneBrains writes:

Obviously approved by the State Teachers Union and the Gov.!

jacksontnbob writes:

Looks like activity fees are on the rise!!!!!!!!!!

VolinVirginia writes:

in response to SevenT:

Dooley thought since LSU and Alabama re-do their turf so should Tennessee. Now that is pretty hilarious. The Doolaid Drinkers bought everything "Coach" said hook line and sinker.

You got your wish: Dooley is gone. Turn the page....

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