With strong roots at sports venues around the world, Toro is proud to once again partner with the Rose Bowl to help prepare the game field for two of college football’s most prestigious bowl games – the Rose Bowl and BCS National Championship Games.
“It is especially rewarding to partner with a venue that holds such an impressive history and tradition,” said Rick Lohman, director of corporate accounts at The Toro Company. “The Rose Bowl symbolizes the very best in American athletics, and we’re grateful to play a part through grounds support and our innovative turf maintenance solutions.”
A long time partner of the Rose Bowl, Toro is the exclusive provider of turf maintenance equipment and precision irrigation systems. To maintain the field, the Rose Bowl uses a broad spectrum of Toro products from large-area mowers, irrigation solutions and utility vehicles – to debris blowers, aerators, sprayers and line painters. For example, the hauling capacity of the Workman® HD and MD Series utility vehicles are integral to field preparation, replacement and post-game maintenance. Additionally, the Pro Force™ debris blowers provide the power to rapidly dry painted field areas such as end zones and bowl logos.
With water availability and usage of top concern, the grounds crew uses Toro’s Turf Guard® wireless soil monitoring system to better understand what’s happening beneath the playing surface. This innovative technology helps them monitor soil moisture and temperature to make more informed decisions on managing turf health and water usage.
“We want to maintain an exceptional playing surface and landscape, and rely on Toro for their expertise and quality products,” said Will Schnell, Turf Superintendent of the Rose Bowl. “Whether it’s a game on national TV or any other event we’re hosting, we want the best surface in the country.”
Known as the “the granddaddy of them all,” the 96th Rose Bowl Game on New Years Day will host the Ohio State Buckeyes and Oregon Ducks. The BCS National Championship Game on January 7, 2010 will feature the top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide and Texas Longhorns, who will compete for the national title.