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Grass rolled out at Louisville City FC’s new stadium

July 7, 2020

Grass rolled out at Louisville City FC’s new stadium

The playing surface at Louisville City FC’s new stadium is changing from brown dirt to smooth green grass.

Workers are installing about 300 rolls of sod for the natural grass field at Lynn Family Stadium, located along Adams and Cabel Streets in Butchertown, this week.

Several officials attended an event Thursday celebrating this milestone in the stadium’s construction process, including Mayor Greg Fischer, Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith, Messer Construction project manager Jason Larkin and Louisville City Football Club owners and executives.

“It was extremely important to me that our new stadium have a natural grass playing surface,” Louisville City FC Coach John Hackworth said in a news release. “Soccer is meant to be played on grass, and I am excited to see the field begin to be installed at Lynn Family Stadium. I can’t wait to see our players run out onto that pitch for our first home game in 2020.”

The Indiana-grown playing surface arrived this week in 12 truckloads, each carrying rolls of sod 48 inches wide and approximately 75 feet long. The Messer-Harmon JV construction team has begun the two-day installation process, using large laying machines to place sod strips to cover the nearly 100,000-square-foot soccer field.

GrassMasters, a sod farm in southwest Indiana, grew the sand-based Bermuda grass field, which incorporates the Tahoma-31 strain grass overseeded with rye, the release said. Several regional professional sports teams have sourced grass for practice fields and other playing surfaces from the Indiana grower.

Once in place, the grass will be watered, raked and fertilized. Ongoing maintenance will include its first mowing in about six weeks, regular watering and the use of heat to restart growth in advance of the first Louisville City game next spring.

Since its inception in 2014, Louisville City has played home games at Slugger Field, a baseball stadium which does not allow for traditional soccer field dimensions and incorporates a mixture of natural and artificial playing surfaces.

Lynn Family Stadium, a roughly $70 million facility, will have permanent seating for about 11,700 and capacity near 14,000, including standing-room-only supporter sections near the field.