Looking down on Bryson Field at Boshamer Stadium on game day, the field appears picture perfect. But not many people know the work it takes behind the scenes, day in and day out, to maintain the field.
The UNC Sports Turf team, made up of 10 people on the University of North Carolina Athletics staff, oversees field maintenance to make the Bosh what it is, which requires a lot of late nights and early mornings.
What started 10 years ago as a fun Twitter account intended to give people a glimpse into what goes into maintaining the UNC athletic fields, has turned into an account with 7,500 followers run by the grounds crew sharing updates throughout the fall.
“What we started doing is just posting some behind-the-scenes pictures and the things that we were doing on the fields,” Casey Carrick, the assistant athletics director for facilities and turf management, said. “And we realized that there was a pretty good following of UNC fans that love to see the behind-the-scenes stuff.”
The majority of Bryson Field is made up of grass, with the only artificial part being in foul territory. This makes maintenance all the more time consuming, with having to juggle keeping both the grass and dirt in the best shape possible.
Ryan Anderson, the facility and turf supervisor for Boshamer Stadium, helps lead the behind-the-scenes team. He said the majority of their time, around 90 percent, is spent maintaining the dirt surfaces to make it safe for the student athletes.