On Friday afternoon Jacobi Sod of Southern Indiana completed the removal of the previous turf surface, SportGrass. However, because of the turf makeup, that process took two days longer than anticipated.
Markers placed throughout the field area also contributed to the crew needing to progress at a pace slower than they are accustomed to. There are two types of markers, the first indicating the locations of sprinklers. The second indicates the locations of ground monitors, which are being used to track the quality of the earth beneath the surface and the presence of diesel fuel left from the train yard that used to call that area home.
Jacobi also informed ITV on Friday afternoon that the majority of the removed sod is being used by the Louisville Metro Parks and Eastern High School.
The installation process began on June 23rd and will completed in time for the start of the 2003 season.