When it comes to a sophisticated lawn care game, professional sports takes the cake.
Which makes sense, really – the grass used on during the Super Bowl will be viewed by roughly 111 million people. Every detail in the Super Bowl is painstakingly crafted, grass included.
So, how is the grass so perfect at the Super Bowl even though the game is played in an indoor stadium?
Super Bowl Grass Importation Strategy
The simple answer is that the grass used in the Super Bowl is not grown there. In fact, for the past 4 indoor championships, it has been grown in Alabama by a company called Bent Oak. As far as the type of grass, according to the co-founder, Doug Lipscomb, the grass is a hybrid version of Bermudagrass grown on top of layers of dirt which is on top of plastic.
Growing Super Bowl grass is obviously a challenge, because people expecting both aesthetics and performance, which is supremely difficult to perfect. In an article for al.com, Lipscomb explained: “A lot of fields look good and play bad. A lot look bad and play well. It’s kind of hard to put everything in one package.”
Of course, Bent Oak is keeping their proprietary formula a secret for the time being.
Keeping Alabama Grass Green Before Game Time
Because Bent Oak is growing and supplying natural grass, not artificial turf, it requires a good amount of sunlight to keep it healthy before the game. Even though the Pheonix Stadium has a retractable roof, this doesn’t provide enough sunlight.
The solution is pretty cool, though:
Basically, they keep the field outside of the stadium in the time preceding the game. Then for game time, they wheel it right back into the stadium. Check this video out: