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Long Island Sod Rolled Out At Yankee Stadium, Citi Field

Yankee Stadium 2012 Home Opener(credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

Yankee Stadium 2012 Home Opener(credit: Peter Haskell/WCBS 880)

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CALVERTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A little piece of Long Island is in the Bronx and Queens for this Opening Day.

Much of the green grass at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field is grown at DeLea Sod Farms in Calverton.

Long Island Farm Bureau executive director Joe Gergela said there are thousands of acres of sod growing on Long Island.

“They want good quality sod that’s going to stand up to weather conditions as well as heat and sun. Turf needs to be built a certain way now,” Gergela told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs.

“Every time you go to one of the stadiums, the feeling that you get as a fan going in, all the history and the players that have been there, it’s just a great feeling,” Gergela added.

Gergela said major league teams and homeowners alike have been turning to the Eastern Long Island replacement grass for its quality.

“There are a number of sod growers, even upstate, New Jersey. But they like the Long Island sod because it’s durable,” he told Xirinachs. “Superior sod and that’s why the clubs select it from Long Island.”

Gergela said sod is a major and growing crop on Long Island.

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