Whataburger Field STMA Field of the Year

Corpus Christi Hooks LogoPRESS RELEASE – Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks, has been recognized as the Professional Baseball Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association.  The honor is a first in the five-year history of the facility.  The STMA’s Field of the Year program began in 1992.

“Judging this year’s applicant pool was very challenging,” said Martin Kaufman, CSFM, STMA Awards Committee Chairman.  “Each year, the level of the applications continues to improve, both in content and visually, and this year was no different.”

Sports Field of the Year LargeA panel of six judges independently scored each entry based on the playability and appearance of the playing surfaces, innovative solutions, effective use of budget and the development and implementation of a comprehensive, sound agronomic program.

In addition to Whataburger Field, other professional field award winners included Lambeau Field, home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers (Professional Football Field of the Year), and Community America Ballpark, home of the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer (Professional Soccer Field of the Year).

“The Field of the Year Award validates the intense dedication of our members,” stated Kim Heck, CEO of the Sports Turf Managers Association.  “Garrett Reddehase and his crew are very deserving of this prestigious award for Whataburger Field.”

Reddehase, who was named the Texas League’s Turf Manager of the Year in September, was recently hired as the new head groundskeeper for The Dell Diamond, home to the Triple-A Round Rock Express.  

“We are really humbled by this award,” said Reddehase, who had been a member of the grounds crew since the construction of Whataburger Field and its Field Superintendent since October of 2007.  “To be mentioned in the company of a stadium like Lambeau Field is an honor that we’ll cherish for a long time.”

Reddehase and grounds crew member Josh Brewer will be on hand to accept the award at the annual STMA Conference and Exhibition on January 15, 2010, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

“The rest of the country is finding out what we’ve known all along,” said Hooks General Manager Michael Wood.  “Garrett and his crew are very deserving of this recognition and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

This is the second time that a Ryan Sanders Baseball facility has been recognized as the STMA Professional Baseball Field of the Year.  In 2001, The Dell Diamond and head groundskeeper Dennis Klein were bestowed the honor.  Klein is now the Director of Grounds for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Whataburger Field, home of the Corpus Christi Hooks, has been recognized as the Professional Baseball Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association.

 

The honor is a first in the five-year history of the facility.  The STMA’s Field of the Year program began in 1992.

 

“Judging this year’s applicant pool was very challenging,” said Martin Kaufman, CSFM, STMA Awards Committee Chairman.  “Each year, the level of the applications continues to improve, both in content and visually, and this year was no different.”

 

A panel of six judges independently scored each entry based on the playability and appearance of the playing surfaces, innovative solutions, effective use of budget and the development and implementation of a comprehensive, sound agronomic program.

 

In addition to Whataburger Field, other professional field award winners included Lambeau Field, home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers (Professional Football Field of the Year), and Community America Ballpark, home of the Kansas City Wizards in Major League Soccer (Professional Soccer Field of the Year).

 

“The Field of the Year Award validates the intense dedication of our members,” stated Kim Heck, CEO of the Sports Turf Managers Association.  “Garrett Reddehase and his crew are very deserving of this prestigious award for Whataburger Field.”

 

Reddehase, who was named the Texas League’s Turf Manager of the Year in September, was recently hired as the new head groundskeeper for The Dell Diamond, home to the Triple-A Round Rock Express. 

 

“We are really humbled by this award,” said Reddehase, who had been a member of the grounds crew since the construction of Whataburger Field and its Field Superintendent since October of 2007.  “To be mentioned in the company of a stadium like Lambeau Field is an honor that we’ll cherish for a long time.”

 

Reddehase and grounds crew member Josh Brewer will be on hand to accept the award at the annual STMA Conference and Exhibition on January 15, 2010, at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

 

“The rest of the country is finding out what we’ve known all along,” said Hooks General Manager Michael Wood.  “Garrett and his crew are very deserving of this recognition and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

 

This is the second time that a Ryan Sanders Baseball facility has been recognized as the STMA Professional Baseball Field of the Year.  In 2001, The Dell Diamond and head groundskeeper Dennis Klein were bestowed the honor.  Klein is now the Director of Grounds for Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

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