PRESS RELEASE – The Dayton Dragons have begun the reconstruction of the playing surface at Fifth Third Field, a month-long project that will result in improved drainage, playability, and aesthetics.
The project will include the removal and reinstallation of the sod and root zone (sand base) of the entire playing surface of the ballpark. Approximately 100,000 square feet of Kentucky Bluegrass will be installed. The effort represents the first complete field reconstruction since the ballpark was built prior to the 2000 season.
“This project is a major undertaking,” said Gary Mayse, Dragons Executive Vice President & General Manager. “We completed a large amount of research and developed a plan that will be overseen by our Head Groundskeeper, Dan Jennings and Director of Operations, Andrew Ottmar. The new field will look aesthetically better, the playing conditions of the field will improve, and the field will also have improved drainage capacity. We are looking forward to seeing the new field in place by the end of the month.”
The new sod will arrive in large rolls, cut and ready to install. The Dragons have also purchased six tons of a clay-based material that will be utilized to rebuild the pitcher’s mound.
The Dragons open the 2012 season, their 13th in the Midwest League, on April 5 at Fifth Third Field against the West Michigan Whitecaps.