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Amy Fouty is athletic turf manager at MSU.
She says the toughest field to maintain isn’t the one many would expect – Spartan Stadium.
“It’s really the baseball field. That’s probably the most challenging field we have to take care of if you want to maintain a pristine standard,” she tells MSU Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Trustees Bill Beekman and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.
“And then it’s the practice golf facility. Because they play so early in the spring and late into the fall. And they like to maintain country club conditions.
“Those are probably the two highest maintenance areas we have outside of a game week at Spartan Stadium.”
Fouty says this year has been the second-most stressful year since the U2 concert since she’s been leading the program at her alma mater.
“There are so many variables that you can’t control, and you have to take each variable as it comes and make quality decisions. So a lot of times you’re doing things on the fly. So you just stay poised and calm and work with the good people here on campus. And we figure it out. We enjoy the challenges, and it makes coming to work fun every day.”
Fouty tells Beekman and Hollis about some of the technology advances that make her job easier by saving time. And she talks about her exceptional team that helps her make Spartan turf great. And she talks about the friends and mentors she contacts when she need help or advice.