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June 20, 2011
It's a Beautiful Day...for U2
On Sunday, Spartan Stadium will host one of the biggest rock tours in history when U2 brings its 360 tour to campus.
But while every one around East Lansing searches for their old Joshua Tree t-shirt, Michigan State is getting ready for what comes after the show leaves town - a new field at Spartan Stadium.
On Monday, Michigan State Deputy Athletics Director Greg Ianni and Sports Turf Manager Amy Fouty sat down briefly with media to discuss details of the project. According to Ianni, it will be the biggest challenge since the stadium hosted the Cold War in 2001.
It is the biggest concert event to take place in Spartan Stadium since The Rolling Stones in 1994.
"(The current field at Spartan Stadium) has been a great field," Ianni said. "Three years ago, it was voted the best grass field in the country. It's going to take us a couple of seasons to get it back (to great). Next year we will have a good field, the year after we will have a very good field. And in year three we will have an excellent field.
"That being said, a 'good' field at Michigan State is probably better than 95 percent of the fields in the country. The field we are taking out is so good that people are coming in from all over the country to take a look at it to see what we do.
"Our biggest concern is if we have to play one or more games in a significant rain event like we had two years ago against Florida Atlantic. We will be watching he weather a little closer this fall than in the past. I am not concerned about the play-ability; I just want it to be the best."
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