Sea Dogs to Have New Playing Surface in 2013

PRESS RELEASE – The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, have announced that the team is installing a new irrigation system at Hadlock Field and replacing the playing surface for the 2013 season. The Sea Dogs have contracted with Maine and New England based companies to complete the work.

The playing surface at Hadlock Field will be completely replaced including both the infield and outfield. The field will be re-grated and laser-leveled along with new sod. The work is being done by Sports Turf Specialties based in Wrentham, Massachusetts; the same company that works on Fenway Park. The new sod will be 100% Kentucky Blue Blend and will be supplied by Tuckahoe Turf in Berwick, Maine. The infield will be comprised of the same mixture as Fenway Park’s infield. Work on the playing surface got underway on Monday, September 24th and is estimated to take 8-10 days to complete the process.

The playing surface at Hadlock Field was last replaced in 2005.

The new irrigation was installed the week of September 17th through the 21st by Thirsty Turf based in Portland, Maine. The new irrigation system will be more efficient using less water, yet covering a greater area. This will aid in the organization’s green initiatives and literally help keep Hadlock Field green. The previous irrigation system was installed in 1985.

“The new irrigation system is much more high tech and will significantly improve our ability to care for the field,” stated Rick Anderson, the Sea Dogs’ Head Groundskeeper. “We consulted with the folks at the Red Sox regarding what products and companies would give us the best field playability and what type of surface their players like to play on before moving forward with this project.”

The Sea Dogs will open their 20th season on April 4th at 6:00 PM against the Trenton Thunder (Yankees). Individual tickets for the 2013 season will go on sale on Saturday, November 3rd at 9:00 AM.

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