The Birds’ newest acquisition: 105,000 square feet of grass
Camden Yards to have 8-year-old sod replaced over the next few weeks
The playing surface at Camden Yards is being replaced this month, the Orioles announced Thursday, marking the first time since 2008 that the grass on the field is being swapped out.
Beginning Thursday and ending by Dec. 1, the team said 105,000 square feet of 100 percent Kentucky bluegrass from Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, N.J., will replace the existing grass on the field, in the bullpens and in the park’s turf farm.
While eight years is considered the long end of the spectrum for the life span of stadium grass, the Orioles haven’t had many problems with the sod at Camden Yards.
Manager Buck Showalter says the team, led by head groundskeeper Nicole McFadyen, is able to keep the field in such good shape because the team’s ownership doesn’t allow money-spinning events such as concerts, football games or soccer matches to be hosted at Camden Yards.
The team said the new sod will be shipped onadozentractor-trailers, withthe net weight of the shipment around 400 tons.
In 2013, the team replaced the synthetic warning track with real dirt, but the grass remained intact throughout that process. Camden Yards’ neighbor in downtown Baltimore, M&T Bank Stadium, also recently went through a playing surface face-lift earlier this year.
At the request of Ravens players, the team switched from artificial turf to natural grass before the 2016 season.