- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) - Efforts to keep the lawn at a popular upstate New York outdoor music venue from disappearing have failed to set down roots.

Large swaths of the sloping lawn at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center are down to bare dirt again as the amphitheater in Saratoga Springs enters the last month of its 2015 season.

It has become an annual problem at SPAC, where the Philadelphia Orchestra opens its 17-day run Wednesday. Many patrons prefer to sit on folding chairs or blankets on the lawn. But the thousands of fans who pack SPAC for rock and country acts take a toll on the grass, resulting in large areas of bare dirt.

The Daily Gazette of Schenectady reports (https://bit.ly/1Dpz3wH ) SPAC officials say last fall’s efforts to combat the problem were negated by the harsh winter and heavy rains earlier this summer.

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