Grasses on High Profile Sports Fields: the 2019 Football Season is Upon Us!

Grasses on High Profile Sports Fields: the 2019 Football Season is Upon Us!

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Grasses on High Profile Sports Fields: the 2019 Football Season is Upon Us!

Week Zero starts on August 24th this year with Florida vs. Miami at 7 P.M. Est. in Orlando. Football players have put in a lot of hard work preparing to play the game they love starting last spring. The goal (for some realistic and others not) is to win a national championship or a Super Bowl.

Many sports lovers and players hardly think about one of the biggest key factors that goes into game performance—the fields players perform on! The striking grasses on these fields provide the foundation of the game. From bermudagrass to bluegrass, grass types used for football season must be capable of enduring the constant wear and tear of the players while recuperating rapidly in time for next week’s game. The grass needs to be soft for players to land on and, of course, safe for high speeds and rough impacts. Behind the scenes, the general public doesn’t see what comes into play when making a decision on which type of grass should be used. Which types of grasses check off these many characteristics while having a stunning beauty for the many eyes watching the game?

One of the most popular grasses used for sports stadiums is Tifway 419 Bermudagrass. This grass has been a favored choice since the 1960s and is still used in many locations today. Although the grass variety is tried and true, new and improved grass varieties have been introduced into the market in the last 15 years offering superior characteristics to Tifway such as stronger wear tolerance and an increased resistance to extreme temperatures. These grass varieties include Celebration® Bermudagrass, Latitude 36 Bermudagrass, and NorthBridgeBermudagrass. Read below to find out which famous football stadiums have installed these grasses and why.

Celebration® Bermudagrass was developed in Australia and features extreme durability and a more rich, blue color than most other bermudagrasses. The color difference is noticeably visible when Louisiana State University plays football at home. Flipping between channels, it is easy to discern the difference in color between their Celebration fields and other types. See the side by side image of Celebration next to Tifway 419 below.

Celebration vs. Tifway 419

Pictured left is Celebration® Bermudagrass and pictured right is Tifway 419. Celebration is known for its dark blue-green color, excellent wear tolerance, and excellent injury recovery. 

Celebration is used in football fields throughout the United States as well as many soccer and baseball fields around the world. Take a look at our Celebration Sports References PDF below to see a list of all the sports fields where it has been installed.

One of the newest bermudagrasses on the market today is Latitude 36™ Bermudagrass. Both Latitude 36 Bermudagrass and NorthBridge Bermudagrass were developed by Dr. Yanqi Wu at Oklahoma State University to perform in and above the transition zone where cold hardiness is an issue. Although they were designed to withstand cold temperatures, both varieties are also having great success in southern locations with mild winters. In addition to sports fields all over the U.S., they have been performing well in golf courses. Over a dozen golf courses have opted for Latitude 36 in the Sunshine state and several Dallas-area golf courses have installed NorthBridge. The two grasses are popular selections because of their improved wear-hardiness and exceptional appearance. For more information about our golf course brands and to see a list of golf courses that have used our bermudagrasses, click here.

The list of stadiums that are choosing to switch to Latitude 36 is increasing rapidly and can currently be found in college stadiums across the country: Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Duke, The University of Virginia, The University of Oklahoma, The University of Tennessee, the University of North Carolina and Purdue—and the list just keeps growing! Take a look at our Latitude 36 Sports References PDF below to see a list of all the sports fields it has been installed at so far. 

Lastly, NorthBridge™ Bermudagrass is another cold tolerant bermudagrass that has gained major popularity. Found in the stadiums of the Washington Redskins, the Philadelphia Eagles, the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jacksonville Jaguars,  and recently the Baltimore Ravens, NorthBridge is another product of Oklahoma States’s turfgrass breeding program. Oklahoma State is located in the transition zone of the United States, making it the perfect spot for developing grasses that will adapt to unpredictable and frequent weather extremes. Take a look at our NorthBridge Sports References PDF below to see a list of all the sports fields where it has been installed. 

As previously mentioned, all three improved bermudagrasses have been offered into the market within the last 15 years. Sports fields and golf courses are continuously making the decision to switch over to either Celebration, Latitude 36, or NorthBridge Bermudagrass. If you are interested in learning more about the origins of Latitude 36 and NorthBridge and the process that went into breeding these superior turfgrass varieties, check out our Latitude 36 and NorthBridge Bermudagrass Breeder Profile. To read more about warm season and cool season grass varieties and their differences, read The Difference Between Warm Season and Cool Season Varieties. Lastly, if you are a homeowner who lives and breathes football, why not bring the excitement and festivity of football season to your home? Although these premium grass varieties are commonly used in professional and college sports stadiums, they make stunning, awesome selections for your home lawn. Get the best of sports field grass at home! Learn more about each brand of bermudagrass by clicking their logos below. 

Latitude 36 Bermudagrass Logo
North Bridge Bermudagrass Logo

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