I saw Spartan Stadium from the inside Tuesday. Half the field is dirt and half is brand new grass cultivated over the past year in Colorado. That state was chosen because the soil matches the grass roots for best growth and the field indeed looks very good. The deal was to replace the turf last summer after the U 2 Concert but then it got cancelled. MSU received $253,000 from promoters for the new field project.
It will take six weeks to "knit" properly and believe me it looks pretty good now. Then a scrimmage can be held and the field should look pristine for the Friday night September 2nd season opener against Youngstown State. Amy Fouty is in her 8th year managing the Spartan Stadium grass and she draws raves from all of her colleagues at MSU. She tells me this is the job she has always wanted and doesn't see herself moving on to "greener pastures" so to speak. She says she's a Spartan and she's proud of it.
Dr. Trey Rogers was in the stadium also-- he told me to ask Tom Izzo about the "several" timies he got to play August National Golf Course this spring. And he is not involved with the 2012 London Olympics as MSU turf people have been in the past at Athens and Beijing because he says the British know what they are doing when it comes to turf management.