SportsTurf Magazine Spotlights RFK Stadium, TifGrand and Willie Leak, Head Groundskeeper

October 20, 2014


In 2012, the Tifway 419 surface of Robert F. Kennedy Stadium (RFK) in Washington, D.C. was regrassed with TifGrand Bermudagrass. For Willie Leak, the field renovation was just one of the iconic stadium’s many milestones that he has witnessed during his 50-year career of maintaining RFK’s playing surface.

The January 2014 issue of SportsTurf magazine chronicled the stadium’s history, Leak’s contributions to the field quality and the reasons why shade- and wear-tolerant TifGrand was chosen as the field’s new surface.  The article also describes the re-sodding process following the annual AESA-ONE soccer festival, which features 40 semi-pro soccer matches in just one week’s time. To read the article, click here.