Saturday, October 30, 2004

PNC Park getting new grass

Pirates want sod 'perfect' in time for All-Star Game
By Mark Belko

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Saturday, October 30, 2004

There will be something different about PNC Park when baseball returns next spring, but if all goes according to plan, even the most diehard fans won't be able to tell.

With an eye toward the 2006 Major League All-Star Game, the Pirates are replacing the turf in their acclaimed ballpark. Crews have been ripping out the old grass and laying down new sod for the past week.

Before they are finished, all 2.5 acres of PNC Park grass will be replaced for the first time since the ballpark opened in 2001. As of yesterday, only the center field area remained to be done.

Patty Paytas, vice president of communications for the Pirates, said replacing the park's grass will be done on a routine basis, and was not the result of any problems or unhappiness with the playing surface.

"It's a regular project that you do every so often," she said.

Read the entire article here on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.