After 10 long years of competing in the MLS, our hometown team Toronto FC is finally one game away from celebrating the championship.
Emotions were high on November 30th, 2016 as Toronto FC took on the Montreal Impact in a rival showdown at BMO Field in Toronto. The hard-fought game resulted in a Toronto FC victory, and the players rejoiced. It sure feels good to have our hometown team going into the championship match.
Here at Greenhorizons we are feeling extra good because the pristine pitch at BMO field that we meticulously installed has performed spectacularly.
In October 2012, we were consulted to solve the problem of standing water on the BMO Natural Grass pitch. Utilizing our countless years of combined turfgrass experience, we immediately suggested for the field to be revamped using our GHG Ultimate Sports Turf System. The GHG USTS is a diverse program that is tailormade for each client. BMO`s field required high drainage, low compaction, and incredible wear resistance; so Greenhorizons chose our engineered sand growing profile.
When establishing turf on engineered sand, the sod that is laid has to be accustomed to growing in that medium. The medium that the sod is initially grown in has to exactly match the medium that the sod is being installed in. So, throughout the 2 year process Greenhorizons was growing turf on engineered sand specifically for the BMO field.
When it came time for renovations, Greenhorizons harvested the custom-grown turf at their specialty farm in Burford, ON and drove it down to Toronto. All of the existing soil was removed from the field, the engineered sand was installed and laser graded, and then the custom sod was installed and established. Once topdressing and a second laser grading were complete, the field was inspected in accordance to strict FIFA standards. BMO field has withstood the test of time and is known across the continent as one of the nicest natural turf pitches. Of course credit is also due to the BMO Grounds Crew for keeping our turf looking its best all year long.
On December 10th, we’ll be rooting for our home team Toronto FC as they compete against Seattle for the MLS Cup. Luckily our grass is done it’s “rooting” because I’m sure this game will once again test the limits of our GHG Ultimate Sports Turf System.