Rose Bowl Game Sod Covered With Fresh Turf For Monday’s BCS Contest

Rose Bowl Game Sod Covered With Fresh Turf For Monday\'s BCS ContestRose Bowl Game Sod Covered With Fresh Turf For Monday\'s BCS ContestRose Bowl Game Sod Covered With Fresh Turf For Monday\'s BCS ContestRose Bowl Game Sod Covered With Fresh Turf For Monday\'s BCS Contest

Photography courtesy WILLIAM BOYER, CITY OF PASADENA

8:10 am | January 2, 2014


Just hours after the Michigan State Spartans fought their way to victory on sod in the Rose Bowl freshly-laid just for the contest, crews went to work putting down a new layer of “virgin sod” for Monday’s BCS Championship game.

Because of the pregame, game, halftime show, and postgame festivities, the field is expected to take a beating. Not to mention the gallons of paint used for team and corporate logos. A fresh field is a must — and fast.

Immediately after the conclusion of the Rose Bowl game, over 110,000 sq. ft. of overseeded sand based bermudagrass sod was brought into the stadium.

Because of the very short timeframe for preparation, Rose Bowl Stadium officials decided to “overlay” the field — meaning that the new field will be put down directly on top of the old field. With no time for the new grass to root, the sod will be cut 1 ½” thick to ensure it will be heavy enough to stay firmly in place.

It took about 50 truckloads of sod, a crew of about 24 workers, along with another team from the Rose Bowl to complete the installation.

From now through game day, crews will meticulously maintain the turf — watering at just the right levels, rolling and sweeping the grass, mowing at exactly the right time and length — so it will hit its peak condition on game day. They’ll also have the field freshly painted with all of the field lines and numerous logos necessary for one of college football’s biggest competitions.

The 2014 Vizio BCS National Championship Game will be the national championship game of the 2013 college football season and is scheduled for Monday, January 6 between the Auburn Tigers and Florida State Seminoles. This will be the 16th BCS National Championship Game, kicking off at 5:30 p.m.