Wednesday, November 08, 2000

Bluegrass for the Reds

[photo] The first patch of natural grass is put down Tuesday at Cinergy Field. After three decades on artificial turf, the Reds will play on a mixture of five kinds of bluegrass next season.
(Gary Landers photo)
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        Workers from The Motz Group, a turf specialty firm in Linwood, got started Tuesday on the 100,000 square feet of new grass to be rolled out in Cinergy Field in downtown Cincinnati. They finished about a tenth of it, using a machine to push out the 50-foot rolls.

        The grass — made up of five varieties of bluegrass chosen for their color and growth pattern — has been mowed and tended for a year in a Brookville, Ind., nursery, said Joe Motz, owner of the company.

        The Reds went with the new surface because it'll be easier on the players' legs and feet and cooler than artificial turf, and for the romance of playing baseball on real grass. The cost of the transformation was not revealed because it's being paid for with private funds.


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