Mere days after a good portion of Canada and the Northern United States was blanketed in snow, it’s nice to see something that reminds us spring isn’t too far around the corner.
Last week, we were privy to a small sample of what to expect from the new AstroTurf 3D Xtreme grass from Stephen Brooks, but these imagines provide a much bigger picture of how big of an undertaking this entire process actually is.
Check out the images after the jump to take a closer look, plus a panoramic video of the installation courtesy of the Blue Jays.
The first thing I immediately noticed is the actual colour of the turf. While it may be difficult to duplicate the colour of real grass, this iteration of the Rogers Centre’s turf looks at least a little more like the real thing.
Perhaps it was five years of the sun beating down on the GameDay Grass 3D, but the tone of the old artificial turf looked significantly lighter than this new one above.
Secondly, _zerokarma_ also noticed that most of the seats in the 200 Level have been removed, save for the TD Comfort Clubhouse section directly behind home plate. Does that mean there might be other significant renovations taking place at the Rogers Centre?
Maybe it’s just a case of replacing the seats altogether, because there are still many of the old original Skydome seats strewn around the upper levels of the Rogers Centre.
It’s probably not a bad idea to freshen things up, considering this is a side-by-side of comparison of what the seats looked like in 1989, and what they look like now; nearly 26 years later.
Update: Multiple ticket holders have confirmed the Blue Jays are replacing the 200 level seats entirely and removing the padding, as they no longer lie in the Club section seating. So every section save for sections 221-226 are being completely replaced.
Once again, hat tip to _zerokarma_ for the new tuff images.