Major changes are underway at York’s (PA) minor league ballpark this offseason, paving the way for a 2019 season that the York Revolution (Independent Professional, Atlantic League) expect will drive increased attendance. Read more here. The new 1741 Club should be a big hit.
Category Archives: Field & Turf
Monster trucks and bullriders are taking over Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home of the the Oklahoma City Dodgers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League). Saturday and Sunday, September 22 and 23, the Dodgers will haul in mounds of dirt, leveling the pitcher’s mound. The stadium’s playing surface will be replaced for the first time since the ballpark opened in 1998, allowing a rare opportunity to host such an event. Read more here.
Cheney Stadium, home of the Tacoma Rainiers (Triple-A, Pacific Coast League), will host the Seattle Sounders FC 2 (United Soccer League) for 17 games this season, starting Friday, March 16. A mobile pitching mound makes hosting soccer possible. Read more and watch video here.
Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio Working to Reverse Trend of Declining Black Participation in Baseball
The league that integrated professional sports is now bleeding black players and black fans. A project on the East Side of San Antonio (TX), partially funded by Major League Baseball, hopes to fight the trend locally. Read more here.
On the morning of Jan 23, 2018, it was discovered that the Field of Dreams Movie Site ball diamond in Dyersville (IA) was destroyed by truck tire damage. Many areas of the turf had been ripped up with potential damage to the refurbished irrigation system. The GoFundMe site that was launched to help fund repairs has already raised $18,176. Read more here.
One of the final major steps in the construction of the $1.1-billion Globe Life Field is the one causing the most consternation, albeit some 28 months before the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark will open for business in 2020 — Grass or artificial turf? Read more here.
Workers from Hellas Construction install artificial turf on the infield at Riverside Stadium in Victoria (TX), home of the University of Houston-Victoria baseball team and the Victoria Generals (Summer Collegiate, Texas Collegiate League). The old turf was ruined when the Guadalupe River flooded after Hurricane Harvey. Read more here.