Qwest Field went "au naturel" Wednesday with the installation of a temporary natural grass field over the existing FieldTurf surface, in preparation for the March 29 U.S.-Venezuela exhibition soccer match. West Coast Turf performed the installation, which involved laying 42-inch wide rolls of 1&1/8-inch thick hybrid Bermuda sod on top of the current FieldTurf surface. After the soccer match, the temporary grass surface will be removed from the stadium.
Built as both a state-of-the-art football and soccer venue, Qwest Field features superior amenities for world-class soccer. The stadium meets NFL, MLS and World Cup Soccer field and sight line requirements, provides separate locker rooms for soccer and includes camera-well locations designed for optimal television coverage of the sport. The Seattle Sounders will also call Qwest Field their home for the upcoming 2003 season.