The Bobby Dodd Stadium field as it looked in May of this year, just after new Bermuda sod had been rolled onto the surface.
Photo: AJC
Photo: AJC

Bobby Dodd Stadium turf named best in country

Georgia Tech’s football field is an award winner. Grant Field has been named the college football field of the year by the Sports Turf Managers Association, a prestigious honor in the industry.

For Chris May, Tech’s director of athletic grounds, it’s the second time that a field under his care has been so honored. In 2014, Russ Chandler Stadium’s field, which was then under his direct supervision, was named the college baseball field of the year.

The STMA judges fields on playability, appearance, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Athletic director Todd Stansbury and coach Paul Johnson were among those taking to Twitter to congratulate May and his staff.

May had a particularly challenging job this year, as Atlanta United played its first nine games of its inaugural season at Bobby Dodd Stadium. After spring practice and Atlanta United’s third game, the field was also stripped and replaced.

Atlanta United benefits from finely crafted Grant Field turf

Atlanta United players were highly complimentary of the field, with one calling it the virtual equivalent of the fields of the German league.

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