We work to protect the Princeton grounds during outdoor events on campus. Large crowds, equipment, mud, and rain runoff can all contribute to grass and landscaping damage, so it’s important to protect grounds with straw or rubber matting. This protection helps absorb moisture and reduce the impact of outdoor events.


Follow the Request a service link at the right, submit an Event Support Request and check Grounds in additional services. One of our event support experts will contact you to identify and order the grounds protection needed for your event.

You must inform us in advance when planning an outdoor event so we can determine the necessary grounds protection. Grounds staff are normally not present during evenings or weekends. However, if your weekend or evening event requires unanticipated Grounds assistance during your event, please do not hesitate to contact Public Safety at 609-258-3333 who will call-in the appropriate staff for you.


You will be billed at our labor rates for grounds protection. There is an additional fee of $25 per unit of heavy black rubber matting.

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