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Mariners Shrinking Safeco Field
The Seattle Mariners announced that they will move in the fences at Safeco Field for the 2013 season after years of debate on the impact one of the more spacious outfields in baseball was having on their offense. The biggest change will come in the left-center field alley, where the fence will move in as much as 17 feet. The fence height will now be a uniform 8 feet from one foul pole to the other. Read More

University of Tampa Field Almost Ready
Thanks to a seven-figure donation from Tampa Bay Rays founding partner Vince Naimoli, the University of Tampa is building an athletics and intramural stadium. The university's men's and women's lacrosse teams will use the field, as will intramural groups and the ROTC. The stadium is expected to be completed in time for the spring season. Read More

Minnesota Twins Foundation Awards Grant for Field
The Minnesota Twins Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to the Esko Little League and Softball Association. The Minnesota Twins Community Fund's Twins Fields for Kids Program will help replace dugouts that were ruined in a flood last June and replace the clay that washed away from the pitcher's mound. Almost 30 Esko volunteers have already repaired an outfield fence. Read More

Citi Field Sees More Homers with New Dimensions
The Mets got what they bargained for by moving in the fences and turning their ballpark into a kinder place for home run hitters. The 155 homers hit at Citi Field in 2012 was the most in its existence. Of those, 46 wouldn't have cleared the fences in the old configuration. While the ballpark encouraged more home runs, it also suppressed doubles and triples. Read More

Bielenberg Dome to be Replaced
After more than two years of planning and discussing, the city of Woodbury, Minn., is nearing final approval for replacing and expanding its bubble-domed Bielenberg Sports Center. Construction could start by next spring. The sports center's distinctive dome was installed in 1995, with a projected life span of 15 to 20 years. Read More

Clyde Allen Field Gets New Grass
Workers have put down new grass seed at Clyde Allen Field in North Bend, Ore., the final step in a project that included an extensive new drainage system and also a new irrigation system. The work was part of a $126,000 project that included a $50,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund. Baseball Tomorrow officials will be attend a formal reception for the project on October 20. Read More

Jacobsen Mowers Selected for Award
Jacobsen's ECLIPSE series walking and riding greens mowers were recently selected as finalists for the 2012 Charlotte Chamber of Commerce’s Green Awards. The annual honors are given to Charlotte-area companies who offer innovative, green products or services that have less of an impact on the environment than traditional equivalents. Read More

New Fields in Georgia
The Temple, Ga., City Council approved acceptance of a matching $100,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant from the state that will be used to build several multipurpose fields on 13 acres acquired last year by the city adjacent to the recreation complex. The fields will primarily be used for soccer, but will change according to the season. Read More

October 11
Gainesville/Citra Turfgrass Field Day. Plant Science Research Unit, Citra, Fla. For more information, visit

October 24-27
2012 GIE+EXPO & School of Grounds Management. Louisville, Ky. To learn more, visit or

October 28-30
66th Annual Northwest Turfgrass Association Conference. Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, Bandon, Ore.
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November 2-6
Irrigation Show. Orlando, Fla. For details, visit

November 8
SFMANJ Fall Field Day. Middlesex, N.J. For more information, visit

November 8
SFMANJ Fall Field Day. Middlesex, N.J. For more information, visit

November 13-15
Southwest Turfgrass Association Annual Conference & Show. Ruidoso, N.M. For details, visit

November 13-15
The Turf & Grounds Exposition. Rochester Riverside Convention Center, Rochester, N.Y. To learn more, visit

November 14
Gateway STMA Annual Meeting/Year-End Lunch. Orlando Gardens, Webster Groves, Mo. For more information, visit

November 14
2012 Delaware Ornamental & Turf Workshop. Hockessin Memorial Hall, Hockessin, Del. For details, visit

November 14-15
Turf & Ornamental Seminar. West Lafayette, Ind. To learn more, visit

November 27-29
Texas Turfgrass Association Annual Conference & Show. Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas. For more information, visit

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