The natural grass surface at Bank of America Stadium will receive a makeover before the second of two games at the facility in a five-day span.
Workers were scheduled to begin resodding the middle of the field about two hours after the end of Tuesday’s Belk Bowl matchup between Georgia and Louisville.
With favorable weather forecast for the next two days, Carolina Panthers officials are confident they’ll have time to lay the sod – a 16-yard-wide swath stretching the length of the field – and get the field marked and painted with NFL hash marks and logos before the Panthers’ playoff game Saturday against Arizona.
“We’re honestly just doing it now because it’s a playoff game. We want everything to be as good as it can be,” head groundskeeper Tom Vaughan said of the resodding. “Playoff games are a big deal.”
With rain in the forecast Friday and Saturday, the Panthers’ grounds crew expects to cover the field with tarps Friday afternoon, per NFL rules. Officials say the turf will be in good shape.
Workers laid 70,000-square feet of new sod at the stadium after the Democratic National Convention in 2012, six days before the Panthers’ home opener.
Vaughan is not concerned about players losing their footing on the heavy, durable sod.
“When it’s down, it’s down,” he said. “The product’s designed for this. That’s the good thing about it.”