Dolphins to install new field at Hard Rock Stadium before Miami Hurricanes opener

It was a rough night for the turf at Hard Rock Stadium. (Allen Eyestone/The Post)

MIAMI GARDENS—The Dolphins will redo the entire playing field at Hard Rock Stadium with new sod in advance of their season opener and the University of Miami’s.

The grass did not hold up well for Thursday’s preseason game against Baltimore, with players occasionally losing their footing and much of the field being covered in divots. There have been ongoing issues with the turf lately, particularly with hosting El Clasico and scrimmages by both football teams that use the building.

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Given the shape it was in after UM’s scrimmage Saturday, the Dolphins believed their best shot at having the field up to their standards in time for the Ravens game was to lay new sod. That plan didn’t work, obviously. The main problem was heavy rain in South Florida this week, which hindered the sod from fully taking hold.

The grass will be ripped out of Hard Rock Stadium in advance of the Coldplay concert Aug. 28–the event has been on the calendar since last October, so the Dolphins have had ample time to plan. By clearing the field prior to the show, which would have surely ruined it anyway, the Dolphins are able to install new grass as early as possible. For the concert, the stadium will use a plastic covering over the bare ground.

That schedule will set up four days between the concert and the Hurricanes’ Sept. 2 opener against Bethune-Cookman, then there’s another week to replenish it leading up to the Dolphins’ opener Sept. 10. The Dolphins also intend to use a different strain of grass than the one that faltered Thursday and are fully confident the field will be impeccable for UM’s game.

The field at Hard Rock Stadium is usually among the best in the league, even as the Dolphins share the venue with UM. It’ll help that there are only two weekends in which the teams play on back-to-back days this season. The Hurricanes host Syracuse on Oct. 21, followed by Dolphins-Jets at 1 p.m. the next day. The Hurricanes also face Virginia Tech on Nov. 4, and the Dolphins play Oakland the next night.

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