Pat Dye Field to be renovated with new sod, lowered four inches

Photo of Pat Dye Field taken Friday, the second day of a week-long renovation.

The turf at Pay Dye Field is in the process of being replaced in order to remove nearly a decade’s worth of drainage-impeding (not that you could tell) organic matter that has accumulated since it was laid in 2003.

The result? Auburn will play it’s 2011 home games slightly farther from God.

“What happens is that through the years as the grass matures, the field will actually rise over time,” said Eric Kleypas, Auburn’s manager of Turf and Landscape Services. “We’re taking out about five inches to make sure the four inches of organic matter below is removed.”

Kleypas said the process will take about a week.

“It will take about four days to remove the old soil and then laser grade the field to get the contours we want and then the laying of the sod will take about 24 to 48 hours.”

According to Klepyas, Auburn’s marketing powers that be tossed around the idea of selling the field’s old sod as souvenirs, but decided against it.

“You cut the grass into those squares but it really has to be freeze dried so it doesn’t rot,” he said.

Instead, it will be tilled and used as top soil for landscaping at Auburn’s new OIT building on Lem Morrison Drive.

Kleypas said the field’s new sod is a thicker cut that is game-ready almost as soon as it’s laid.

“The big advantage is once you lay it you can play it on it the next day,” he said. “It’s the same sod used for Super Bowls.”

Photo via @AU_turf.

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