The Grass Will Be Greener

Sept. 8, 2005

Turf wars.

There are actually two happening at the moment within the state of Iowa that deal with college football.

One is the event to be staged in Ames Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Iowa time. The nationally ranked Iowa Hawkeyes visit intrastate rival Iowa State in a game that will be televised to more than 50 percent of the country by ABC Sports.

The other is the playing field inside the UI’s historic Kinnick Stadium Beaten by more than 40 days of 90-plus degree temperatures this summer in Iowa City, the field stuggled against the bulk of 300-pound offensive and defensive linemen last Saturday in Iowa’s season opening victory over Ball State.

A clump here. A clump there. The root system required to provide the turf’s real strength against the young men playing the game of college football simply wasn’t there.

The solution: The UI will re-sod Kinnick’s playing field after its home game Sept. 17 against Northern Iowa. UI Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby confirmed that decision in a story printed in today’s editions of the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

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The project will cost the UI approximately $150,000 and require up to six days from start to finish. Iowa plays at Ohio State on Sept. 24 before returning home on Oct. 1 for this year’s Homecoming game against Illinois.

Cool, dew-producing nights paired with warm and sunny days – the typical weather pattern for late September and early October in Iowa – should provide perfect growing conditions for the new surface.