The grounds crew at Greer Stadium has been working steadily since the last out at the stadium last season, just to get ready for the Nashville Sounds' opening night Friday.
Thomas Trotter is the head groundskeeper, and told Nashville's News 2 that Mother Nature helped get the grass ready for this year.
“We got a lot of warm weather and a lot of rain in the early part of the season and it just kind of took off,” Trotter said.
The field is a Bermuda hybrid, over seeded with rye grass over the winter.
Trotter said that has kept them busy when the players were enjoying the off season.
“Then, you spend the better part of the off-season growing in that rye grass, then it starts to look like this, then the players come in, and it's all downhill from there,” he said.
The warm weather and rainy days gave the crew of two a lot to work with.
Trotter shared his secret to getting the grass to look as green as it does in early April.
“We play around with a lot of different fertilizers, and I don't know, we all just kind of bounce ideas off each other and try new stuff that everybody in the area is using,” Trotter said.
Sounds Vice-President and General Manager Brad Tammen said the hard work is appreciated.
“Thomas does such a great job just maintaining this. He's one of the best in the business”, he said. “He's very particular but he's just tremendous. Understands what it takes to keep this green. I mean it's been this green since January. Since we've had a mild winter.”
The Sounds' home opener is Friday night against the New Orleans Zephyrs.
Join Nashville's News 2 anchors Anne Holt and Lauren Murphy, as well as reporter Joseph Pleasant at the Sounds home game on Saturday.
The Sounds will take on the Zephyrs again, and a fireworks show will follow.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Sounds' Web site.