From the Field - SportsField Management Magazine
July 24, 2012

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Lindenwood Turf Causes Stir
A university in southwestern Illinois that's making its leap into college football this fall has already made a name for itself with its field, which has alternating maroon and gray stripes. The new field at Lindenwood University's Belleville campus is part of a $2.3 million stadium renovation. Photos of the field went viral following criticism form a Yahoo! Sports columnist. Read more

Olympic Venues Ready for London Games
Twenty brand-new venues await the 2012 Summer Olympic athletes. They range in size and permanence, from the unending Olympic Stadium to a temporary mountain biking course. The 80,000-seat Olympic Stadium holds the most prominent location in the newly created Olympic Park, but old locations like Wimbledon, Old Trafford and Wembley Stadium, will also play a big part in the Games. Read more

Lehigh University Grounds Ready for Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles are just starting to arrive at Lehigh University, but the grounds crews has worked since May to prepare for their arrival. The Eagles will train twice a day on three of Lehigh's fields for nearly a month. This year marks the 17th Eagles' training camp at Lehigh. All of Lehigh's athletic fields are maintained by an outside company, The Brickman Group. Read more

Cubs, Mesa Break Ground on Stadium
The Chicago Cubs and the city of Mesa, Ariz., broke ground on a new $99-million spring-training complex, slated to open for the 2014 season. The ballpark, to be designed by Populous, will hold 15,000 fans and include a videoboard, shaded seats and luxury suites. The new complex will also include seven full-size practice fields and one infield-only, natural-turf practice field. Read more

Delaware Commits $3.2 million to Sports Complex
The Delaware Infrastructure Investment Committee has committed $3.2 million in state funds for the $17.7 million Kent County Sports Complex slated to be built near Frederica. The complex will host soccer, lacrosse and field hockey events and could draw up to 10 major annual sports tournaments. The complex is expected to bring in $18 million in annual revenue. Read more

PLANET Members Beautify Arlington National Cemetery
The Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) recently held its annual Renewal & Remembrance volunteer service event at Arlington National Cemetery. More than 400 PLANET members and their families spent their time helping to mulch, prune, aerate, irrigate, plant, spread lime and provide cabling and lighting protection for some of Arlington's historic trees. Read more

USU Installs New Turf
Crews at Utah State's Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium are removing the old synthetic Sprinturf, which was installed in 2004, and replacing it with new AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 Extreme turf. The project is expected to take three weeks and will be completed prior to football players reporting for fall camp on August 2. Read more

STC Creates Funding Strategies Toolkit
Recognizing that raising funds for synthetic turf fields has become more challenging in light of the economic conditions of the past few years, the Synthetic Turf Council has created a new Funding Strategies Toolkit for prospective buyers. Content includes educational materials, fundraising ideas, tips on gaining community support and overall recommendations. Read more


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

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

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

August 1
UMass Turf Research Field Day. UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center, South Deerfield, Mass. For details, visit http://extension.umass.edu/turf.

August 1
Rutgers Lawn, Landscape, & Sports Turf Field Day. Rutgers Adelphia Research Farm, Freehold, N.J. For more information, visit www.njturfgrass.org.

August 2
KSU Turfgrass Field Day. Rocky Ford Turf Research Center, Manhattan, Kan. To learn more, visit www.kansasturfgrassfoundation.com.

August 3
Grassy Weed Identification Workshop: An In-Depth Look. French Hall, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass. For more information, visit http://extension.umass.edu.

August 8
Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Field Day. OTF Research & Education Center, Columbus, Ohio. For details, visit www.ohioturfgrass.org.

August 8
NCSU Turfgrass Field Day. Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory, Raleigh, N.C. For details, visit www.ncturfgrass.org.

August 9-10
2012 Penn State Turfgrass Field Days. Joseph E. Valentine Turfgrass Research Center, University Park, Pa. To learn more, visit www.paturf.org.

August 12-14
PGMS Summer Regional Seminar & Site Visit. Portland, Ore. For details, visit www.pgms.org.

August 17
STMA Fundraiser Trivia Night. Maryland Heights Community Center, Maryland Heights, Mo. For more information, visit www.gatewaystma.org.

August 22
Sullivan County Challenge: Steve Smith Memorial Tournament. Grossinger Golf & Country Club, Liberty, N.Y. For details, visit www.nysta.org.

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