Ravens’ Fields Ready For Play

The Ravens have a perfect pitch to practice on.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, April 11th, 2010 at 9:06 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

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fields_issThe Ravens always like to say their roster is set to play a game before the draft even starts.

Whether or not that’s the case at this point, their practice fields are definitely ready.

It took about 30 days after team headquarters were hit with record-setting snow storms, but the Ravens’ Owings Mills, Md., training facility finally unveiled a pristine practice green.

“We’re ready to go if we had to practice today,” said Ravens head groundskeeper Don Follett.

Follett and his crew used rye grass after the Bermuda grass was killed under the snow.  The grounds team then laid huge tarps over the three full-size football fields to speed up the growth by nearly two weeks.

By the time the tarps were lifted last week, the Ravens had themselves a lush, green pitch behind their main offices.

At the end of the day, however, Follett isn’t worried as much about the look as he is about keeping the players safe from injury.  According to Follett, the rye grass lays deep roots that can provide a stable footing for cleats in the heat of practice.

“If it looks good, that’s great,” said Follett, “but my primary concern is making sure these guys are healthy.  Too often, you hear about a player getting hurt because they slip or can’t plant during practice.  We’re hoping we can avoid that.”

The Ravens might use the practice fields on Monday when the team resumes its voluntary offseason conditioning program and football schools. Follett said that the fields will be torn up again after OTAs

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