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DENVER -- Water officials will tear up a ticket issued to
Invesco Field at Mile High for violating drought restrictions but say
the stadium will have to comply with the same lawn watering rules
that apply to residences from now on.
Public playing fields, including the home field of the Denver
Broncos, are exempt from the metro area's twice-weekly lawn watering
schedule. At issue was how often workers can water stadium grounds.
The stadium, which opened last year, has a special permit to water
newly seeded grass as needed. However, it doesn't have a permit to
water sod on the north side of the stadium beyond the two-hour,
twice-a-week drought schedule.
``Invesco's challenge is that it has 400 zones to water on that
property and it doesn't believe it can cover everything in two
hours,'' said Denver Water spokeswoman Trina McGuire-Collier. ``Our
challenge is that we have customers complaining, who are watching
their lawns turn brown while Invesco Field is watering. Our position
is that Invesco should serve as an example.''
According to Denver Water, the stadium was cited twice for
violating the restrictions. However, Mac Freeman, the stadium's vice
president of operations, said no one ever received the warning notice
or the $100 ticket.
``To suggest we were in violation when the water board can't even
explain what happened is unfair,'' he said. ``But we will continue to
do everything we're being asked to.''
The Denver Water Department provides water to 1.1 million
customers in the metro area.
On Oct. 1, it will ban all outside watering to help preserve water
for next year.
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