South Carolina replaces turf destroyed by Beyonce/Jay-Z concert
On Tuesday night, Beyonce and Jay-Z entertained thousands of fans at Williams-Brice Stadium, home of the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.
In the aftermath, South Carolina is working feverishly to replace the entire playing surface with less than a week before the Gamecocks’ season opener against Coastal Carolina on Saturday.
According to the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier, the 90,000-square-foot re-installation of the playing surface began Saturday morning — strip by strip.
“The idea with this sod is you can literally play on it right away,” Clark Cox, South Carolina’s assistant athletics director in charge of turf and landscaping services, told the Post and Courier. “We could play a football game on it this afternoon if we wanted to.”
“We’re not reinventing the wheel here,” athletic director Ray Tanner said. “This has been done around the country with success. I think we’ll be in a good place come next week.”
A hard, plastic surface was installed a week before the concert to protect the field as seats and the stage were constructed.
The plastic did its job, protecting the surface. But the grass was killed.
New sod was expected to be completely installed by Monday morning when the grounds crew will start lining the field.
The cost to replace the sod has been estimated at between $150,000 and $200,000, but the concert organizers are responsible for that cost, Tanner said.