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Grass To Be Pristine For BCS Title Game Jan 7, 2010! At 9 tonight, about three hours after the...

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Grass To Be Pristine For BCS Title Game Jan 7, 2010! At 9 tonight, about three hours after the Rose Bowl game has ended, another high-pressure game begins. The stadium's world-class grounds crew will "scalp" the existing field, cutting the grass to a mere quarter-inch, then roll out a brand-new field on top. The goal: to ensure the playing surface for the Bowl Championship Series title game Thursday is equally lush and pool-table smooth. It will mark the first time two new fields have been installed at the stadium for consecutive games (a new one was installed after UCLA's last home game Nov. 21), and it underscores the pride Rose Bowl representatives take in their 2 1/2 -acre slice of heaven. "We want people to say, 'That's the Rose Bowl field,' " said Will Schnell, the stadium's turf superintendent. "We want the big 'Wow!' It's our stage." What's more, after the BCS title game, the Alabama and Texas end zones, as well as the midfield logo, will be parceled into 3-by-3-inch sections, freeze dried and preserved under glass, then sold as game-used collectibles. The first batch of mementos will be made available to the players and their families. Putting pristine new turf in place in six days is an ambitious task, but Schnell and his 90-member crew have some recent experience with that kind of quick turnaround. In October, after a U2 concert at the stadium, a new surface was put in place for a UCLA game nine days later. Schnell imposed a six-day deadline to simulate the current challenge. (this guy MUST KNOW WHAT he's doing. His last name, if translated directly from it's German-roots means = 'fast'. No joke!) (the above information came from the LA Times, Sam Farmer Jan. 1, 2010) Except the ending parenthetical portion- that's Bix!

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