Marlins lay new grass on stadium field

Published On: Feb 02 2012 01:24:13 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 02 2012 10:30:04 PM EST

They won't "play ball" for a few more months, but today the Miami Marlins made sure they'll have something to play on for the first pitch.

MIAMI -

The final milestone for the new Miami Marlins' ballpark has arrived in the form of sod.

On Thursday morning, a grounds crew began placing the turf over what will be the new field for South Florida's only major league baseball team.

It will take three days to carefully place the 110,000 square feet of Bermuda grass. Once the installation is fully complete, the grass must be left alone for several weeks in order for it to properly set.

"The roof will remain open everyday until opening day", said Miami Marlins president David Samson. The sun and rain will be used to allow the grass to grow naturally to about three quarters of an inch.

The 37,000 seat state-of-the-art facility which has a retractable roof, is about 95% complete.

"We are 62 days away from delivering the ballpark with not a dollar of overruns," Samson told Local 10's Terrell Forney.

The high-tech facility also bares aquariums built as backstops near home plate. The Marlins home opener is set for April 4th but several exhibition games are scheduled on the field in the days leading up to the celebration. "We will absolutely be ready", said Sid Perkins, the construction manager overseeing the process.

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