PRESS RELEASE – The Dayton Dragons are completing the process of reconstructing the playing surface, drainage, and irrigation system at Fifth Third Field. The project will result in improved playability and aesthetics and faster drainage of excess water.
Approximately 100,000 square feet of Kentucky Bluegrass has been installed. On Wednesday, December 7, the entire infield was installed following the installation of the outfield turf in November. The effort represents the first complete field reconstruction since the ballpark was built prior to the 2000 season.
The Dragons have also purchased six tons of a clay-based material that will be utilized to rebuild the pitcher’s mound. This part of the project has not yet been completed.
Click here to see photos of the field reconstruction on the Dragons Facebook page
The Dragons open the 2012 season, their 13th in the Midwest League, on April 5 at Fifth Third Field against the West Michigan Whitecaps.