FieldTurf installation moves into next phase

The installation of FieldTurf in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium has moved into the next phase as the former playing surface has been completely removed.

The installation of the new FieldTurf synthetic grass surface at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium has moved into its second phase.

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.

"The presence of the artificial surface underneath the sod caused us to go slower than we normally would," explained Lawrence Jacobi, owner of Jacobi Sod. "The guys removing the surface sod kept catching the artificial grass and it wouldn't do a thing."

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.

Late Friday afternoon, the next group of contractors began moving their equipment into the stadium. ITV learned that the bulldozers being delivered were going to be used to remove the remaining surface dirt, sand and the artificial surface.

The installation process began on June 23rd and will completed in time for the start of the 2003 season.

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