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Marlins Fans Endure Long Concession Lines, Traffic Issues At Season Opener
Published April 2, 2014
GROWING PAINS: In Ft. Lauderdale, Craig Davis wrote Marlins Park head groundskeeper Chad Mulholland "not only has to contend with the extremes of the subtropical climate," as the opening and closing of the retractable roof "provides a formidable obstacle to maintaining lush and healthy grass." In its third season, the ballpark "is on its third type of turfgrass." Two previous types of bermudagrass "didn't cut it," as brown patches were "pervasive, particularly in outer reaches of the outfield that are partially shaded even with the roof open." Mulholland said, "I don't know if there is ever going to be a solution. We can switch grass all we want, but we still have the same problem. It's shade." But Davis noted the "use of grow lights last season was helpful, and will continue" (South Florida SUN-SENTINEL, 4/1).