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Cubs spent $400,000 to replace worn out Wrigley Field grass

Nov 28, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

keep off the grass

By the end of the season Wrigley Field’s playing surface was a mess thanks in part to all the non-baseball events it hosted and David Kaplan of reports that “the decision was made to completely remove the current field and replace it with all new sod and dirt to bring the field up to a more acceptable level for the players.”

According to Kaplan the total cost was $400,000 and the new surface is “a new blend of dirt and a Kentucky Bluegrass that was trucked in from Colorado.”

It’s basically the same setup the Cardinals installed recently and the Cubs will try to keep the new surface in decent shape by cutting down on the number of non-baseball events.

I realize $400,000 for some grass sounds like a ton of money, but when a couple hundred million dollars worth of professional athletes play on something in front of 40,000 paying customers 81 times per season it actually seems kind of cheap.

  1. blues1988 - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:33 PM

    grass from colorado, i don’t like the cubs but i support this decision!

    • robmoore - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      I expect they’ll be burning up the basepaths in 2013…

  2. kkolchak - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    I think the grass just died of shame.

  3. elwaysmilehighdenver - Nov 28, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Old turf peeled away from Coors Canaveral?

  4. El Bravo - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    “a new blend of dirt and a Kentucky Bluegrass that was trucked in from Colorado.”

    Haha, that’s a funny sentence.

  5. dowhatifeellike - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    $400k does sound like a lot because I recall a football team replacing their sod a few years back for 1/10 the cost. I understand a baseball field is much larger, but it is not 10 times larger.

    • frank433 - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:30 PM

      It is used 10 times as often.

  6. brewcrewfan54 - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:49 PM

    A couple bags of fertilizer and overseeding probably would have been about $350,000 cheaper and just as effective.

    • hockeyflow33 - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM

      Well I’m sure you know far more than the guys who groundskeep for a living

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        Its grass. Its resilient as hell. Unless they had people stomping on it everyday they didn’t play they would likely be fine just giving it a break during the offseason. And I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

      • kkolchak - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:23 PM

        @brewcrewfan – yeah, that’s smart. Pay your players millions of dollars but let them risk injury running around on substandard turf. Fortunately, even the Cubs ownership is smarter than that.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:24 PM

        Good god man its a bit of a joke. Get over yourself.

      • brewcrewfan54 - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:28 PM

        Its amazing how you guys are getting mad about an offseason comment about grass. Hell, its only a blog because there isnt crap else to write about today.

      • kkolchak - Nov 29, 2012 at 1:26 AM

        Sorry, it’s the Internet. Unless you write the comment in such a way that makes it obvious you are joking it is impossible to tell.

  7. vansloot - Nov 28, 2012 at 5:54 PM

    Kenny Chesney crapped up Target Field with his shenanigans as well this year (and appears to be ready to do it again in 2013).

    I know that teams do this to make extra money and I can’t fault them for that.

    But I don’t have to like it.

  8. deepstblu - Nov 28, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    They can probably make the $400K back selling little bits of the old turf and dirt as souvenirs.

    • hoosierredbird - Nov 28, 2012 at 8:50 PM

      Cub fans will buy anything. Case in point: the last 104 years.

  9. illinoistoughguy - Nov 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Yeah, that’s it, the grass, the grass is the problem. Not the pitching, the hitting, the fielding, the coaching… Whatever…

  10. riverace19 - Nov 28, 2012 at 11:04 PM

    Somehow Karl Spackler has to be involved in this

  11. flmdcubswin - Nov 29, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    I am fairly sure that if Mike Quade was still the coach this would not have happened. I blame EVERYTHING on Dale. Why not just add two or three dollars to each concert ticket and use those funds for the grass replacement. This way the Cubs aren’t paying directly for the new Colorado Kentucky Bluegrass

    I would like to known where I can buy the old grass and dirt.

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