Pirates replace outfield grass after Stones concert

Updated: September 30, 2005, 8:16 PM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- An approximately 10,000 square foot patch of outfield grass was hastily replaced hours before the Brewers-Pirates game at PNC Park on Friday night because of damage caused by a Rolling Stones concert Wednesday.

Because the 7-story steel stage and its rigging were not fully removed until Friday, the grass could not be replaced until the day of the game. The swatch of repaired grass ran from the warning track in right-center field to left-center and included most of the ground normally covered by the center fielder.

Not only was the turf hastily replaced, the sod had to be painted green. The painting wasn't finished until an hour before the Pirates took pregame batting practice.

PNC Park is the third ballpark to require turf replacement following a Rolling Stones concert this season, joining Comerica Park in Detroit and Fenway Park in Boston. In those cities, larger sections needed to be replaced: 22,500 square feet in Detroit and 40,000 square feet in Boston.

According to the Pirates, the PNC Park playing field is 96,000 square feet of Kentucky bluegrass.

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