From the Field - SportsField Management Magazine
June 26, 2012


Wimbledon Grass Crew Faces Challenging Summer
The caretakers of the Wimbledon grass face an unprecedented test this summer: two tournaments at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club and less than three weeks between them. The Wimbledon turf has three types of perennial ryegrass: 33 percent Pontiac, 33 percent Melbourne and 34 percent Venice, and soil mix is similar to a cricket pitch, which can consist of up to 40 percent clay. Read more

Clearwater Getting New Field Thanks to Grant
Jack Russell Memorial Stadium in Clearwater, Fla., will get a new grass football field thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers through the National Football League Grassroots Program, Clearwater for Youth Inc. will develop the new field with fencing and lighting. The stadium was the venue for Philadelphia Phillies spring training baseball games for 49 years. Read more

Thousands Bid Farewell to Rosenblatt Stadium
Thousands of fans showed up to bid farewell to Rosenblatt Stadium, which is set to be demolished next month. The stadium opened in 1948 and began hosting the College World Series two years later. Millions were spent on renovations, but city leaders decided in 2008 that building a new, $128 million stadium would be the best way to keep the CWS in Omaha. Read more

Players Damage Tarp, Cancel Game
The continuation of a Peoria Chiefs and Clinton LumberKings game was cancelled after the LumberKings sprinted onto the tarp to slide during storms. Damage from the players’ cleats and belt buckles destroyed the tarp and left a pool of rainwater stretching from second to third base. The crew had to remove the standing water before stripping away the saturated dirt and replacing it. Read more

The Art of Mound Maintenance
When it comes to the pitcher's mound, the men who make a living throwing baseballs off it (and those who work tirelessly to keep it in one piece) notice even the smallest of defects. The mound is unique across all major sports, which are generally played on level ground. A well-maintained mound may go unnoticed, but a faulty one can bring the game to a halt. Read more

University of Maryland Installing Cool Field
CoolPlay FieldTurf is being installed at University of Maryland's new Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium, which will be complete in time for the home opener on September 1. The new field uses heat-reducing technology and patented silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill to lower temperatures. The field will be green and the end zones will be decorated like the state flag. Read more

Salt Plagues California Field
New grass designed to be more durable has been planted at Pacheco High School's football stadium in California, as officials search for a permanent solution to the playing field issue. Too much salt in the water has been discovered as one of the reasons the field at Veterans Memorial Stadium has been dying despite the facility being only two years old. Read more

NFL and Browns Donate to Midview Field
The Cleveland Browns announced that an NFL charity is giving the Midview Schools $200,000 to help install artificial turf at the high school football stadium as part of $2.5 million of grants from NFL teams to school districts. The program is a partnership between the league and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation and is part of a 14-year, $32.5 million commitment the NFL has made. Read more

July 10
MU Turfgrass & Ornamental Field Day. South Farm Research Center, Columbia, Mo. To learn more, visit

July 10
Keystone Athletic Field Managers Organization Summer Field Day. Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square, Pa. For more information, visit

July 11
Iowa Turfgrass Institute Field Day Classic. Jewell Golf & Country Club, Jewell, Iowa. For more information, visit

July 15-17
Texas Turfgrass Association Summer Conference. Moody Gardens Hotel, Galveston, Texas. For details, visit

July 16-20
Rain Bird Academy Professional Irrigation Training Camp. University of Florida Mid-Florida Research & Education Center, Apopka, Fla. To learn more, visit

July 16-20
Rain Bird Regional Training Camp. Orlando, Fla. For details, visit

July 17
Turf Field Day. West Lafayette, Ind. For more information, visit

July 18
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Turf Research Field Day. John Seaton Anderson Turfgrass Research Facility, Mead, Neb. To learn more, visit

July 19
Iowa Turfgrass Institute Turfgrass Field Day. Turfgrass Research Station, Ames, Iowa. To learn more, visit

July 19
Principles & Fundamentals of Weed Science. DoubleTree Hotel, Milford, Mass. For more information, visit

July 29
2012 UConn Turfgrass Field Day. Plant Science Research & Education Facility, Storrs, Conn. For details, visit

July 30-August 3
Turfgrass Producers International Summer Convention & Field Days. Asheville, N.C. For more information, visit

August 1
UGA Turfgrass Field Day. University of Georgia, Griffin, Ga. For more information, visit

August 1
UMass Turf Research Field Day. UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center, South Deerfield, Mass. For details, visit

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