Astros first to use new turfgrass surface

Astros first to use new turfgrass surface

The Astros appear to be on the cutting edge of turf yet again.

Groundskeepers began installing 2.3 acres of a new turfgrass playing surface at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. The new sod is called Platinum TE Paspalum. The Astros are the first sports organization in the world to use the product.

It's an upgrade over the previous sod used at Minute Maid Park, which opened in 2000. It requires less sunlight, gives off a greener color and handles gameday wear and tear well.

"The Astros grounds crew has embraced the challenge of keeping a beautiful stand of turf under the roof of Minute Maid Park," said Dan Bergstrom, Houston's director of Major League field operations. "We expect to keep our playing surface in top-notch condition for our players, and we are excited to have the latest technology and turfgrass genetics with our new Platinum TE Paspalum."

The new surface was produced by Turf Ecosystems, LLC., which also develops golf courses.

Nick Zaccardi is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.