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Spartan Stadium's New Field Coming Courtesy Of U2

Michigan State is known for having the best grass football field in the nation. I've often heard people comment while watching a game on TV about how they didn't realize MSU had FieldTurf. MSU doesn't, of course, but their natural grass always looks so good that people think it's not real.

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The grass field that has been at MSU for the better part of the last decade is actually going to be replaced before next season. The U2 concert that came to Spartan Stadium last Sunday required a comprehensive set to be placed on the playing surface. That set included an aluminum cover that sat on the field and destroyed the grass. The plan all along was to replace the field after the U2 concert, and now MSU is busy getting Spartan Stadium ready for its new grass field, which will be paid for by U2.

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Fouty will begin the renovation process by stripping the field, taking the top 2.5-3 inches of turf and soil off, and re-grade the surface. Ianni said some areas of the field have slightly dropped since the last installation, and those areas will be leveled. Following that process, Fouty will install the new sod, which has been growing in Colorado at Graff's Turf Farms since April 2010. U2's contract included covering all costs for replacing the field, which is approximately $253,000.

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You can keep track of the installation of MSU's new grass field at the Facebook page of the school's athletic field operations staff.