Boiler Bytes: Paint crews prepare field at Ross-Ade Stadium

Boiler Bytes: Paint crews prepare field at Ross-Ade Stadium


>>IT’S SOMETHING
YOU SEE EVERY WEEK BUT PROBABLY DON’T PUT
A LOT OF THOUGHT INTO. GETTING A COLLEGE FOOTBALL FIELD
PREPPED FOR GAME DAY TAKES A LOT OF WORK AND A LOT OF
PAINT, AND WE’RE GONNA FIND OUT EXACTLY HOW TODAY
ON “BOILER BYTES.”>>WE GO THROUGH A LOT OF
PAINT HERE AT ROSS-ADE STADIUM. WE GO THROUGH 40
GALLONS OF BLACK PAINT, 30 GALLONS OF GOLD PAINT,
40 GALLONS OF WHITE PAINT, AND THEN A BOX OF GRAY AEROSOL
PAINT, WHICH THERE’S 12 CANS IN A BOX, A BOX OF WHITE
AEROSOL, A BOX OF BLACK, AND TWO BOXES OF GOLD AEROSOLS. AND ALL THAT PAINT IS EVERY
WEEK, SO SEVEN HOME GAMES. THE PAINT THAT WE
USE IS VERY SPECIAL. IT’S MADE WITH A BRIGHTER WHITE. IT’S A QUICKER DRYING TIME,
VERY HEALTHY FOR THE TURF. WE DON’T HAVE ANY PROBLEMS. IT THRIVES, REALLY, UNDERNEATH
OF IT, ESPECIALLY THE BLACK WITH THE BERMUDA THAT WE HAVE
THAT’S WARM-SEASON GRASS, SO IT KIND OF TRAPS THE HEAT IN
THERE, AND, MAN, IT JUST POPS. TO GET OUR LINES STRAIGHT, WHAT
WE DO IS WE START THE SEASON OFF AND WE MAKE SURE ALL OF
OUR ANCHORS ARE IN PLACE. THAT ELIMINATES HAVING TO
REMEASURE EVERY SINGLE TIME. EACH TIME WE PAINT, WE
PULL STRING AND MAKE SURE THAT IT’S TIGHT, AND THAT’S
DEFINITELY THE EASIEST WAY TO GET A STRAIGHT LINE.>>HOW DO YOU GO ABOUT
GETTING THE LOGO ON THE FIELD?>>WE DRAG OUT A STENCIL, AND
THE STENCIL IS A VERY THIN PIECE OF ALMOST PLASTIC
THAT HAS HOLES IN IT. AND WE HAVE TO MEASURE AND MAKE
SURE THAT IT’S IN THE EXACT SPOT THAT WE WANT, AND
THEN WE PAINT THEM. THE TRAIN LOGO IS
BY FAR THE HARDEST. IT’LL TAKE US TWO HOURS WITH
FOUR OR FIVE GUYS TO DO IT. IT COMES IN FIVE SECTIONS. IT SNAPS TOGETHER. ONCE WE GET IT SNAPPED, THEN WE
HAVE TO ADJUST IT, SQUARE IT UP, MAKE SURE EVERYTHING’S CENTERED. AND ONCE WE PUT THE STENCIL DOWN
AND PAINT THE GOLD AND THE GRAY, WE HAVE TO PULL IT UP, AND
THEN THAT’S WHERE THE BLACK AND THE WHITE ARE UNDERNEATH. THE STUDENT INVOLVEMENT THAT WE
HAVE HERE IS ACTUALLY VERY NICE. A LOT OF PLACES DON’T HAVE
THE OPPORTUNITY TO WORK WITH THE AGRONOMY
DEPARTMENT, WHICH WE HAVE HERE, WHO BASICALLY FUNNELS
THEIR TURF STUDENTS TO US, AND WE CAN GIVE THEM
GOOD, ON-THE-JOB TRAINING.>>WE CAUGHT UP WITH ERIK
AND ZAK HERE TAKING A BREAK FROM PAINTING THE FIELD. THEY’RE BOTH TURF MAJORS,
AND WE’RE GONNA FIND OUT EXACTLY WHAT IT’S LIKE
FOR THEM AS AN INTERN. SO, GUYS, WHAT’S BEEN THE BEST
PART OF THIS INTERNSHIP FOR YOU?>>JUST THE OVERALL EXPERIENCE,
THE PEOPLE YOU WORK WITH, AND THE STUFF YOU LEARN
WHILE YOU’RE DOING IT.>>I LIKE BEING AROUND
THE FOOTBALL PLAYERS, JUST BEING ON THE FIELD. IT’S FUN.>>WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE
PART OF THIS INTERNSHIP?>>MY FAVORITE PART IS
WHEN WE GET COMPLIMENTS ON THE FIELD ON SATURDAY. OR IF YOU’RE WATCHING
THE GAME ON TV AND THE COMMENTATORS
MENTION HOW NICE IT LOOKS, IT REALLY FEELS GOOD
WHEN YOU HEAR THAT.>>WELL, AS YOU CAN SEE,
FROM THE PAINT ON THE FIELD TO THE GUYS IN THE
LOCKER ROOM, GETTING READY FOR A PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME
TRULY IS A TEAM EFFORT. I’M STEPHANIE SMITH
FOR “BOILER BYTES.”

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