June 16, 2015
Work rolls for Hokies' football practice field
Field should be ready for use on Aug. 1

BLACKSBURG – The Virginia Tech athletics department received all the proper permits and paperwork to take over the occupancy of its new $21.3 million indoor practice facility, and now expects work to be completed within the next couple of days on its outdoor practice field.

Carolina Green Sod, a company based outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, is handling the project, and a crew of 13 workers spent a portion of Monday afternoon and all day today laying down rolls of Latitude 36 Bermuda turf. They expected to be finished on Wednesday.

Tech officials went with this strain of Bermuda because it holds up better in colder weather. Many schools in transition zones like this one are going with this type of turf, including the University of Virginia, which uses this type of surface at Scott Stadium, and Purdue University, which uses it at Ross-Ade Stadium. Also, the Washington Redskins use this brand of turf at FedExField.

In all, workers will be placing more than 120,000 square foot of sod, which was trucked to Blacksburg on 14 semi-tractor trailers.

Tech officials expect the practice field to be available for use on Aug. 1.

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