From the Field - SportsField Management Magazine
August 14, 2012


Texas High School Unveils $60 Million Stadium
Opening on August 31, Allen High School's Eagle Stadium in Allen, Texas, boasts a seating capacity of 18,000 and comes with a $60 million price tag. The stadium is a sunken bowl with decks on each side. There is a three-tiered press box on the home side and a giant video screen on the end zone scoreboard. Allen's former stadium had just 2,400 reserved seats. Read More

Whitecaps Try Unique Turf Promotion
The West Michigan Whitecaps recently tried a new promotion in which the outfield grass at Fifth Third Ballpark was mowed into four sections, one for each suit in a deck of cards. Fans received a playing card when they entered the stadium, and each inning they had the chance to win a prize if an event happened in an outfield zone. Read More

Team Opens Practice on Field Damage by Wildfires
The Luther Lions football team, of Luther (Okla.) High, opened practice on fields that were charred by the recent fast-spreading wildfires. Trees within 20 yards of the edge of the field were torched by the passing fires, and the edges of the field itself were blackened. Estimates suggest the fires covered over 4 square miles and more than 50 homes and buildings. Read More

Grounds Crew Member Turned Bullpen Catcher
Scott Micinski, a member of the Everett Memorial Stadium grounds crew, got to spend two days living the life of a professional baseball player as he was drafted into emergency bullpen catching duty. Micinski is a graduate student at Seattle University who scored a summer internship working the field for the Everett AquaSox. Read More

Field Designed to Reduce Injury Risk
The new synthetic turf field at the University of Maryland's Byrd Stadium is designed to be cooler than natural grass, and its state-of-the-art materials are expected to help reduce the risk of head trauma and other injuries. The drainage system is such that the surface will be playable within approximately 20 minutes of even a severe storm. Read More

Construction Dirt Reused for Athletic Fields
The grass has begun growing on two new athletic fields in Central Park, Doylestown Township, Pa., thanks, in part, to the Route 202 parkway. The township struck a deal with the parkway's contractor to use tons of dirt that was excavated during construction of the 8.5-mile road to build two sports fields. It will take at least three years for the grass to establish itself and be ready for use. Read More

Drought Takes Toll on Fields
Drought is taking its toll on high school athletic fields across Indiana, making natural grass fields as hard as concrete. Field operators are being allowed to water fields during playing season on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. to help keep the water from evaporating and avoid taxing the system during high water use hours. Read More

Super Bowl Turf Moves to Tech High School
After a year of temporary use at the University of Indianapolis the artificial turf on which the Super Bowl champion New York Giants practiced has been installed at its long-term home, Arsenal Technical High School. Work crews at UIndy are in the process of returning the ARC dome to its ultimate role as a multipurpose athletics and activity space. Read More

Field For Disabled Athletes Planned
Organizers have finally landed a site for Oregon's first outdoor field designed for athletes with disabilities. A three-year search for the right location ended at Somerset West Park, a 6-acre site. The Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District has allocated $1.5 million for redevelopment of the park and a youth athletic field, using money from a $100 million bond measure passed in 2008. Read More

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

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

September 12
Turfgrass & Ornamental Field Day. The Botanic Garden, Stillwater, Okla. To learn more, visit

September 14
Turf Education Day. Chicago Botanic Garden, Glencoe, Ill. For more information, visit

September 24
Scholarship Golf Outing. Scarlet Course, Ohio State University Golf Club, Columbus, Ohio. To learn more, visit

September 25-28
Florida Turfgrass Association 60th Annual Conference & Show. Caribe Royal, Orlando, Fla. For more information, visit

September 26
Iowa Turfgrass Institute/Iowa GCSA Benefit Tournament. Talons of Tuscany, Ankeny, Iowa. For details, visit

September 26
2012 Fall Field Day. Sandhill Research & Education Center, Columbia, S.C. For more information, visit

September 26
Toro Athletic Field Maintenance Forum. Tinley Park, Ill. For details, visit

October 1
Wisconsin Turfgrass Association Annual Golf Fundraiser. Ozaukee Country Club, Mequon, Wis. For more information, visit

October 2
ISTMA Fall Workshop. Indian Hills Golf Club, Okoboji, Iowa. To learn more, visit

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