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    Snow at Jack Trice

    I see a lot of people hoping for snow at the OSU game. This got me wondering: How would the field be cleared in this situation? I thought most pro stadiums have heating systems under the field, but does Jack Trice have such a system? Can natural grass surface have heating?

    Just kind of curious how it would all go down. I remember the Vikings asked for Volunteers to help dig out TCF after the dome collapsed. Has there ever been a large early-November snow in Ames either right before or during the game?



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    They go over the field with brushes like the ice polishers they use on campus. You can dig out TCF as it isn't real grass. Digging out JTS is asking for huge issues.

    And yes, natural grass can be heated. Lambeau has been for a few years. Just tubes of water under the surface will keep the ground somewhat thawed out.

    I think Pittsburgh is heated too but can't remember if the field is FieldTurf or natural grass....I wanna say natural grass since it constantly looks like crap.


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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    They don't have to do anything, right? If it snows... just leave it there.



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    When was our last real snow game? There hasn't been one in the 5 years I've been going.

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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    There are many NFL stadiums that have heated turfs- natural grass and synthetic. There are heated water pipes that run underground to keep the grass/turf at a temperature that is above 32 degrees. Of course the snow can fall heavy enough that accumulation does take place on fields that are heated. Heated turfs also help with tackling. Last year when the Vikings/Bears played at TCF, TCF is not heated, the teams were concerned with tackling because the field was a frozen chunk of ice and the game almost wasn't played there mostly because of that. I believe that most all NCAA school fields are not heated because almost 100% of the time the teams are done playing before the ground freezes.

    Mostly, I believe that JTS they would have a tarp down over the field till the last second possible then it would be removed from yard lines as the snow would pile up. I would not think that they would have any type of snow brush or plow that would go across the turf at anytime as that would remove or gouge the grass.

    The ground crew at JTS is VERY protective of the turf and would not do what isn't best for it in the long term. There is a reason why JTS has the best looking natural grass in the nation year in and year out.



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    I want to be at a game in a blizzard! Just once! Bring on the snow!



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by driegner View Post
    I see a lot of people hoping for snow at the OSU game. This got me wondering: How would the field be cleared in this situation? I thought most pro stadiums have heating systems under the field, but does Jack Trice have such a system? Can natural grass surface have heating?

    Just kind of curious how it would all go down. I remember the Vikings asked for Volunteers to help dig out TCF after the dome collapsed. Has there ever been a large early-November snow in Ames either right before or during the game?
    Likely one of the most famous snow games was the game against Colorado in 1991 (I think that was the year). I don't think a heated field could have kept up with that storm.



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by drlove View Post
    Likely one of the most famous snow games was the game against Colorado in 1991 (I think that was the year). I don't think a heated field could have kept up with that storm.
    Was there snow (I know it wasn't snowing at the time of the game) the night before the 04 Mizzou game? I was really drunk that weekend and don't remember too clearly except that I became aware just as players' parents were complaining that I wasn't supposed to be sitting next to them during the game.


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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    That Colorado game had to be 1991, the week before Thanksgiving. I didn't get out of town on Friday and was stuck until Sunday. Watched on TV--ISU had its own TV station then--the roads and stuff were pretty bad.

    There was not a lot of people there, IIRC.


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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    I want snow/sleet/hail/rain/windy against OSU. Fans in the stands wearing snow pants and ski-masks! Then all of it to melt the next day.



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    Saw the KCCI news at 5 p.m.,next Friday's high is supposed to be around 50 and the low near 40,doesn't look like snow or a blizzard is expected.



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by cyspy View Post
    Saw the KCCI news at 5 p.m.,next Friday's high is supposed to be around 50 and the low near 40,doesn't look like snow or a blizzard is expected.
    The weather will change 10 times before Friday. I know they didnt predict Tuesday's snow until Sunday.



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    If it snows I will paint my body. Guaranteed to make my old man proud.



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by Die4Cy View Post
    That Colorado game had to be 1991, the week before Thanksgiving. I didn't get out of town on Friday and was stuck until Sunday. Watched on TV--ISU had its own TV station then--the roads and stuff were pretty bad.

    There was not a lot of people there, IIRC.
    It didn't actually snow during the game. In fact it was brilliant sunshine that day. Brutally cold with horrendous wind chill. It had snowed several inches the night before. They didn't take tickets and let anyone in who showed up. There had to be less than a thousand people there.

    Fellow cyclonefanactic pgreen and I were 2 of the brave souls there.

    CU was a top 10 program and ISU hung with them entire game and had a chance to win in the end. If my memory serves me we were driving late in the 4 th into the wind and walden played for the win rather than attempting a chip shot field goal to tie.



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    Re: Snow at Jack Trice

    Quote Originally Posted by becrisgreg View Post
    It didn't actually snow during the game. In fact it was brilliant sunshine that day. Brutally cold with horrendous wind chill. It had snowed several inches the night before. They didn't take tickets and let anyone in who showed up. There had to be less than a thousand people there.

    Fellow cyclonefanactic pgreen and I were 2 of the brave souls there.

    CU was a top 10 program and ISU hung with them entire game and had a chance to win in the end. If my memory serves me we were driving late in the 4 th into the wind and walden played for the win rather than attempting a chip shot field goal to tie.
    I can proudly say that I was one of the very few at that game. Probably my all time favorite memory from ISU games as a kid. I was 13 at the time and my dad and I made seats in the drifts in the lower deck on the west side. I think they ended up only opening one concession stand on each side of the stadium and all they basically had was hot chocolate, popcorn, and maybe hot dogs.

    I honestly don't remember if it was sunny or not but it was cold as hell. But a few inches of snow is an understatement. IIRC it was somewhere in the 12 inches the day and night before and about 3 more inches in the early morning of the game. I just remember the whole upper deck on the west side was about a 6 foot deep drift.

    For some reason i keep thinking that the sidelines were cleared only where the teams were and the rest was just huge piles of snow that they just pushed off the field. I can't remember every detail of the day but would love to find some pictures of it.



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