New infield turf going in at Safeco Field
Free agency doesn’t begin until after the World Series concludes and it’ll be until baseball’s Winter Meetings in Dallas in early December before things percolate too much, but the Mariners are digging up some dirt already in offseason plans.
The Safeco Field infield grass, as well as the grass in foul territory between home plate and the bases, will be removed in the coming days as a new playing surface will be installed for the first time since the park opened in 1999.
The project begins this Sunday, Oct. 23, and will take three to four days, according to the Mariners. Once the old grass is removed, the infield will be regraded and installation of the new turf is expected to begin on Tuesday or Wednesday.
The club says about 80-120 tons of grass and sand will be hauled away in the process, with about 20,000 square feet of 100-percent Kentucky bluegrass turf to be installed.
The turf is from Country Green Turf Farms of Olympia, the original supplier of the Safeco Field turf.