Denver Broncos' turf is as obsessed-about as the players

By: Susan Clotfelter, The Denver Post
January 10, 2014 Updated: January 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm
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photo - DENVER, CO - JANUARY 8 :  Kelly Gratz of the turf team at Sports Authority Field at Mile High prepares the field on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 for the upcoming Denver Bronco playoff game with San Diego. Using orange turf paint,  Gratz was putting the "wild in the eye" of the Broncos logo in the end zone. The crew defies nature by creating green grass in January.  (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post)
DENVER, CO - JANUARY 8 : Kelly Gratz of the turf team at Sports Authority Field at Mile High prepares the field on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 for the upcoming Denver Bronco playoff game with San Diego. Using orange turf paint, Gratz was putting the "wild in the eye" of the Broncos logo in the end zone. The crew defies nature by creating green grass in January. (Photo By Cyrus McCrimmon/The Denver Post) 

You think you've got lawn challenges.

Do you have a nearly thousand-pound equine mascot galloping across your turf to stop on a dime? A couple dozen boot-wearing dancers spinning and kicking on it? Cleat-wearing, millions-earning athletes twisting, charging and crashing on it?

Ross Kurcab has all of that. And multiple millions of spectators ogling it, in person or on TV.

The Denver Broncos turf manager and his team of 13 grass gurus are responsible for making sure this field of dreams is up to scratch. If he does his job right, he's certain some sportscaster, somewhere, will say, "The field looks great today!"

Which makes him inwardly groan, just a tiny bit.

"It's not for looking at," he said. "The question is, how's it gonna play?"

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