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Lodi Grape Bowl game: Renovations add up to a brighter, quicker surface

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Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 11:31 am, Thu Nov 18, 2010.

For all 70 years of the Grape Bowl’s existence, high school football teams have been playing on grass; and in recent years, very poor grass at that. The dimly lit Grape Bowl was showing its age, and the field along with it.

But in the Grape Bowl’s $3 million (and counting) renovation, that field was replaced by state-of-the-art FieldTurf, produced by FieldTurf USA, and an all-new lighting system was installed surrounding it. Those in attendance at Lodi High School’s football game against McNair High School tonight should be in for a much newer experience than they’re used to.

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3 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:39 am on Thu, Nov 18, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    If its safer, a definite plus. I always thought more sports injuries happened on this surface. Guess Im out of touch on this one. Thanks Josh

     
  • Josh Morgan posted at 7:50 am on Thu, Nov 18, 2010.

    Josh Morgan Posts: 529

    Darrell, what I do like about this field is that it can be used for a multitude of activities, it's safer and will be much easier to maintain. But, I like 100% cotton as well.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:14 am on Thu, Nov 18, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I am sure that many people will appreciate this new field just as some people appreciate polyester clothing blends. I’m a natural cotton guy just as I enjoy seeing the football game played on a worn, ugly natural grass field. Nothing wrong with either situation, just esthetics.

     

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