Scope of Work:
On May 2, 2009, a powerful storm destroyed the Dallas Cowboys’ indoor practice facility, with debris falling inside onto the players and outside onto their two practice fields. FIELDS was hired to repair and improve the fields and make the surrounding area more fan-friendly. With the help of Sports Design Group, FIELDS created a plan for a modified sand-based field.
After storm debris cleanup, FIELDS removed all the sod. The team salvaged some of the existing root zone and mixed it with two types of sand to facilitate drainage and increase the root zone depth significantly. The slope of the practice fields was decreased to a half percent, to resemble the surface at Cowboys Stadium [re-named AT&T Stadium in 2013]. FIELDS added a series of drains and the team installed a completely new irrigation system. The field was sodded with TifSport Bermudagrass, grown especially for the Cowboys on sand-based soil compatible with the sand used on the new fields. In just three weeks after installation, the sod roots had penetrated the soil by more than 3″.
The Cowboys also engaged FIELDS to help design pedestrian-friendly paths to the stadium’s suites, plus special areas for media and sponsors, utilizing scored concrete, brick pavers and special logo areas. The project was completed in less than 90 days, in time for opening day of training camp at the end of July.