The field at Bank of America Stadium is getting its regularly scheduled facelift.
The Carolina Panthers grounds crew has taken the sod off the field and is laser-grading the field, director of stadium operations Scott Paul told the Observer Monday.
This process is one the Panthers do every three to four years, Paul said, with the last time coming in 2013.
The field has a 10-inch crown from the middle of the field to the sideline so that water can slide off during rainstorms. Laser-grading the field now will put that crown back intact.
“What happens over several years is the organic matter gets built up and you lose that integrity of the 10-inch crown,” Paul said.
“We just ground the top off and then we go back with a laser and grade that back to that 10-inch crown.”
The field was criticized by some Seahawks following the January playoff game for being too slick. Cardinals players were told to wear cleats with longer studs in the following week’s conference championship game.
This current process is unrelated to the slippery conditions in January, though, and had long been planned.
Sports Illustrated ranked Bank of America Stadium’s field as the fifth-best among all NFL stadiums in 2015.
Paul said the field will be ready by July 30, when the stadium hosts a soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and F.C. Internazionale.