Northwestern awarded College Football Field of the Year

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Northwestern University’s Ryan Field was named football field of the year in the college/university category at the 12th annual Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Conference and Exhibition.

The football field, located in Evanston, Ill., was completely renovated in 1999 following serious drainage problems during the football season. “We determined pretty quickly that we needed to do something following that season,” said Eric Adkins, agronomist and head groundskeeper. “We wanted a more consistent soil profile that would give us stability while providing adequate drainage.” The renovation included roto-tilling 88 tons of porous ceramic soil amendment from Profile Products LLC into the top 6 inches of soil.

Joe Betulius, business manager for Profile Products LLC, stresses the importance of the soil profile for the success of athletic fields. “Ryan Field is a good example of the importance of creating a good root zone mix. The field now resists the negative effects of soil compaction, provides a physically stable surface and provides plants the right balance of water, nutrients and oxygen, resulting in turf that holds up to intense traffic.”

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