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Stadium Preps for ’N Sync Concert

August 7, 2001

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PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The people who take care of Heinz Field’s natural grass turf don’t fear linebackers and quarterbacks _ they fear ’N Sync fans.

Before the Pittsburgh Steelers make their Aug. 25 debut at their new home, ’N Sync will fill the stadium for an Aug. 18 concert.

Stadium managers are taking every precaution to be ready for the preseason game.

``We feel very confident that we’re going to be able to do this show or we wouldn’t be doing it. We feel confident, and we’ll be playing football Aug. 25,″ said Jim Sacco of the stadium management firm PSSI Stadium Corp.

Sheets of a clear, plasticlike covering will be rolled onto Heinz Field, protecting the grass from 8,000 seats and the band’s stage.

’N Sync’s stage is expected to cover an entire end zone.

The sheeting, called Terraplast, won’t hurt the turf. ``It gets natural sunlight, it gets air and water. (The grass) actually grows while it’s on there,″ Sacco said.

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