December 2013

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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F.O.Y. F i e l d o f t h e Ye a r TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Level of Submission: College Category of Submission: Baseball Head Sports Turf Manager: Dan Blank Barons ('07) and Buffalo Bisons ('08-'10); Turf Manager at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha ('10-present). Full-time staff: Eric Williams, assistant turf manager Title: Turf manager Original construction: 2011 Education: Associate's degree, horticulture and turf management Experience: Internships with St. Paul Saints ('04) and Milwaukee Brewers ('05); Assistant Groundskeeper for Louisville Bats ('06); Head Groundskeeper for Birmingham 34 SportsTurf | December 2013 Turfgrass variety: Original sod from Graff's Turf Farms. Currently: 85% Kentucky bluegrass/15% perennial ryegrass Overseed: Compared to 2011, we tried to ramp up our overseeding program for 2012. Because of the variety of events we host throughout the season and its constant use, overseeding is definitely part of our regular maintenance plan. Rates and frequency of seeding are as follows: 1 lb /1,000 bluegrass at least once a month; 1/2 lb/1,000 ryegrass every other month Drainage: Corrugated plastic drain tile. 24" to 18" main line running down center of field (centerfield to home plate). 6" lateral lines every 10. Also have SubAir system; heated air forced through drainage system.

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