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After weekend concert, Miller Park back to baseball


MILWAUKEE -- Brewers head groundskeeper Justin Scott and his staff took on the tall task of transforming Miller Park from a concert venue back to a ballpark in less than 48 hours this weekend.

Scott and his crew of 25, working alongside the stadium cleaning staff, had two days to recover from Saturday night's Kenny Chesney concert and prepare the field for Monday's 7:10 p.m. CT Brewers-Dodgers game.

"This is literally the tightest time frame you could have and pull that kind of thing off," Scott said while watching the Brewers take batting practice. "All in all, it took a lot of guys. That's the big take-home message: I've got a tremendous crew."

The process began about 15 minutes after the conclusion of Saturday's concert and lasted well into Monday. Chesney's crew started by taking down the massive 185-foot by 80-foot stage before Scott and his crew replaced about 3,000 square feet of sod in deep center field. The final steps included mowing the new sod and watering the infield.

It was a long weekend for Scott. He arrived at Miller Park at 4 p.m. Saturday and did not leave until 9:30 p.m. on Sunday.

"The stage area itself is really in pretty good shape," Scott said, noting the grass under the stage remains yellowed due to lack of sun. "It's safe and it's playable out there. It's not perfect but it'll play fine."

In less than two months Scott and his crew will face the same timetable when Paul McCartney plays a show at Miller Park on July 16, the night of the All-Star Game. The Brewers will have a post All-Star Game workout on July 18.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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