Field Flip: How in 9 days Broncos Stadium changed from The Rolling Stones to the NFL

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Field Flip: How in 9 days Broncos Stadium changed from The Rolling Stones to the NFL
Field Flip: How in 9 days Broncos Stadium changed from The Rolling Stones to the NFL

The first of 15 trucks rolled into Broncos Stadium at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday, each filled with two-dozen rolls of premium Kentucky Bluegrass as every blade was grown, watered, cut and closely monitored for two years, all for this moment. A preseason “Monday Night Football” debut as the home playing surface for the 2019 Denver Broncos. Chris Hathaway, the team's director of turf and grounds, is charged with making an intricate process run seamlessly. It might seem impossible for those not behind the scenes. Hathaway, later shaded beneath the brim of his Broncos bucket hat and sunglasses, chuckled and said: “We've probably done it 10 to 15 times in the last 10 years, so we're pretty good at it now.”

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