New sod being installed at Four Winds Field
Posted: Oct 24, 2014 3:38 PM EST
Workers started pulling up the artificial turf three weeks ago.
It will be replaced with sod from Wisconsin. It is a four-blend blue grass, which is what is used at Wrigley Field.
"Wanted something to duplicate what they have at Wrigley Field, and I installed Wrigley Field about 7 years ago. So we are here putting in a major league playing surface," said Richard Bossard.
The grass will be able to absorb rain quickly, which will make game cancellations less likely.
"Fans will have comfort knowing that even in the case of rain, the game will still go on because of the design of this playing field," said Bossard.
The grass will be able to handle as much as 64,000 gallons of water.
South Bend Cubs President Joe Hart says all these changes are thrilling.
"Extremely exciting to be able to land a regional affiliate has been tremendous. Arizona has been great to work with but let's be honest there are not Arizona Diamondback fans in South Bend, and there are plenty of Chicago Cubs fans," said Hart.