Whether or not the calls go their way, the Green Bay Packers can play home games on a “Frozen Tundra” with a fresh look, thanks to a new coat of paint.
A new time-lapse video shows Lambeau Field getting a pre-season paint job. The team posted the video to its website in early September, when hearts were high and the referee debacle had not yet unloaded.
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|The Green Bay Packers posted this time-lapse video showing the field’s crew painting Lambeau Field.|
Built in 1957, the stadium was named after Curly Lambeau, the team’s founder, player and long-time head coach.
No one is certain where the “Frozen Tundra” nickname originated; however, the team says it has been attributed to NFL Films narrator John Facenda. He used the term in reference to the legendary Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967, when the turf froze due to outside temperatures in the -13° F range.
In the video, field manager Allen Johnson and his staff prepare the football field for play by painting straight lines, crisp numbers and clear markings.
The substrate is turf comprised of Kentucky bluegrass, on top of a three- to five-inch soil foundation (Level 2), covered with eight-inch holes filled with sand, to maintain the grass during rain and snow, according to the Green Bay Packers website.
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|Built in 1957, Lambeau Field was named after Curly Lambeau, the team’s founder, player and long-time head coach.|
“Level 3 has 10 inches of sand on top of a heating pipe network, and Level 4 is a four-inch base of pea gravel.”
Field markings establish parameters by which the game is played; poorly applied field markings can impact the quality and even the outcome of the game, according to the Sports Turf Managers Association.
While the paint on the field may be dry, it’s unclear if the tears ever will as Packers’ 2012 season may not fully recover from its spotlight in “zebra hell.”
The team lost to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 24, due to a “Hail Mary” pass and an official’s call that rattled the nation and the NFL’s use of replacement referees.