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Super Bowl XLIX turf has Alabama roots

FOLEY, Alabama — When Doug Lipscomb settles in to catch Super Bowl XLIX, he won’t be focusing on the heroics of two top quarterbacks, the titanic tussles of burly linemen, or even the pyrotechnics of the halftime extravaganza. Nope, his mind will be on the turf.

“We will have a little get-together at the house, and we’ll watch the grass,” said Lipscomb, co-owner of Bent Oak Farm, the Baldwin County firm that supplied the turf for the NFL championship contest in Glendale, Arizona. “A lot of people are interested in the pageantry and the game, but we’re more concerned with how the grass performs.”

Super Bowl XLIX, which pits the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots, isn’t the first big game for Bent Oak Farm, which specializes in turf for high-quality athletic fields. The firm supplied the turf for the last three Super Bowls played on natural grass, including the 2007 installment that was won by the Indianapolis Colts in a torrential downpour.

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