November 9th – 17th. It was a busy eight days at Sun Life Stadium. Not only did the stadium host the University of Miami homecoming game, an International soccer matchup featuring Brazil and Honduras, and a Miami Dolphins home game, but our grounds crew also installed a new playing surface.
Immediately following the Hurricanes 42-24 loss to Virginia Tech on November 9th, the grounds crew got to work. The first order of business was removing the goalposts and the existing field.
Overnight, the old turf was completely removed, and the grounds crew began laser grading the field to create a perfect playing surface. The crew worked nonstop laying down new sod to make sure the field was ready in time.
On Friday morning, soccer lines were painted, hours before Brazil and Honduras were to arrive for their evening practice, the first event held on the new playing surface.
The following day, 71,124 fans poured into Sun Life Stadium to watch Brazil defeat Honduras by a score of 5-0, setting the record largest soccer crowd in the history of the state of Florida and Sun Life Stadium.
As teams walked off the field, the grounds crew immediately got to work, installing the goal posts and covering the soccer lines. Through the course of the night, the team diligently and carefully lined the field for the Dolphins game the next day.
By Sunday morning, the field was ready for football. Final touches were made to the stadium and fans arrived to watch the Miami Dolphins defeat the San Diego Chargers.