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From Super Bowl to Rocket Stadium: Sod to take root at high school

TEMPE, Ariz. -– The grass field on which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII will be on the move next week. The National Football League in conjunction with the Arizona Cardinals will donate the sod installed for the Super Bowl to Moon Valley High School in North Phoenix.

At 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill will be at Moon Valley High School as the installation of the field is underway at Rocket Stadium. Also on hand will be players and coaches from the school's football team as well as school administrators. Media is welcome to attend and should access Rocket Stadium by entering through the school's east entrance.

The Tifway 419 hybrid Bermuda sod –- the same type of grass used for Cardinals games at the stadium -- was grown in Alabama and transported in climate-controlled trucks to University of Phoenix Stadium in mid-January. The National Football League entrusted the installation of the sod to Chandler-based Evergreen Turf, a proud partner of the Arizona Cardinals.

A number of other local companies donated both manpower and materials required in transporting the field to Moon Valley High. Turf Equipment Source is responsible for tilling the top soil while All Sports Turf Aeration is handling field aeration. The field will receive a laser grading from Turf Equipment Source with additions of soil from Pioneer Landscaping Materials. Target Specialty Products is providing the necessary fertilizers and Hunter Industries through Horizon Irrigation is providing needed sprinkler head replacements. Simpson Norton is assisting with turf equipment needed to prepare the field for the installation of the sod.

In all, approximately 75,000 square feet of sod will be transported from University of Phoenix Stadium to Moon Valley High School.

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