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For Eric Kleypas, University of Auburn’s Director of Turf and Landscape services, game day at Jordan-Hare Stadium is all about how everyone’s playing, “I’m an Auburn fan, I’m an Auburn graduate, so I’m pulling for my team. But I’m actually watching how the field’s playing also.”
And the field, Pat Dye Field to be exact, requires a lot of work to get it game-ready; 250 gallons of paint, constant monitoring, and mowing six hours before kickoff. “To me, the most impressive compliments come from a visiting team coach,” Kleypas said. “And you take pride in that because coaches know what a good field looks like and what a bad field looks like and what they play like.”