December 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor 37 December 2017 // JOHN MASCARO'S PHOTO QUIZ JOHN MASCARO IS PRESIDENT OF TURF-TEC INTERNATIONAL ANSWERS FROM PAGE 17 //////// //////// This photo dates back to January 2017 when I visited Miami's Marlins Park. The Director of Grounds was giving me a tour of the fi eld a couple weeks after the stadium had hosted the third annual "Miami Beach Bowl." For the event they had converted the MLB paspalum baseball fi eld into a football fi eld. While looking over the fi eld I noticed this brown area just off the warning track and I asked what it was. As it turned out, in preparation for the football game, the mound was removed and the mound area, the baselines and warning track were covered with 419 bermudagrass because it was less expensive sod as compared to the seashore paspalum, and it was temporary. After the bowl game and since there were no events right after the holidays, some of the crew took some much-needed time off. During that time the retractable roof was allowed to remain open due to nice weather and to give the turf some much needed air and sunshine. Also, during this same period of time, a contractor for the stadium was responsible for removing the black temporary seat covers that were in place for the bowl game. He apparently removed them from the seats and stacked them up neatly on the temporary sodded area of the fi eld, which was also in the direct sun for most of the day, effectively killing the newly laid sod with heat. When the Director of Grounds, saw this brown area, it took some investigative work to fi gure out what happened; however one of the crew fi nally fi gured it out since the size of the brown area matched the size of the covers. Thanks to Chad Mulholland, Director of Grounds at Miami's Marlins Park in Miami, for allowing me to take this photograph. If you would like to submit a photograph for John Mascaro's Photo Quiz please send it to John Mascaro, 1471 Capital Circle NW, Ste # 13, Tallahassee, FL 32303 call (850) 580-4026 or email to If your photograph is selected, you will receive full credit. All photos submitted will become property of SportsTurf magazine and the Sports Turf Managers Association. Distributed throughout North America by Aqua.Aid or email imants ™ Perfecting Play Innovative turf care machinery Trusted by leading sports turf managers around the world See us and Aqua Aid at STMA 2018 KORO ® TopDrain Raycam UniRake Vredo Seeder KORO ® FTM ®

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