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Westfield sports park draws 2.6 million visitors !

Grand Park
An aerial photo shows a portion of the 400-acre Grand Park sports complex in Westfield, north of Indianapolis. At right is the largest building in the complex, Grand Park Events Center, which includes three full-size turf fields in its 370,000-square-foot space. 

WESTFIELD, IN. — Developers of the proposed new Auburn Sports Group complex could model their business on a larger, highly successful operation in Westfield, north of Indianapolis.

Grand Park opened in 2014 and today offers 31 multi-purpose fields, 26 baseball/softball diamonds, plus numerous indoor courts and fields.

The Westfield campus drew more than 2.6 million visitors last year for sports tournaments and other events on its 400-acre grounds, a park official said.

Those visitors keep five nearby hotels filled, with more lodging expected to be built soon.

In addition to a wide variety of sporting events, Grand Park plays host to a home and garden expo and large company outings. A former director described tourism related to Grand Park as a $15 billion-per-year industry.

Along with its hotels and restaurants, the city credits Grand Park for attracting investments by other businesses such as Abbott Labs and Gordon Food Service.

Grand Park is more than twice as large as the 168-acre Auburn Sports Group site, purchased in January by local investors led by Joe and Terri Fisher. The property alongside Interstate 69 south of Auburn had served as the home of collector car auctions since it opened in 1989.

Plans for the proposed Auburn sports park include 10 indoor basketball/volleyball courts, plus a new, domed structure with six basketball/volleyball courts and a 7-on-7 football field.

Outside, plans call for eight baseball/softball fields, four soccer/lacrosse fields, more 7-on-7 football fields, a walking path and splash pad.

Auburn Sports Group’s investor partners include Rod Sinn and his son, Grant, who were instrumental in the Westfield park’s development, according to the Auburn company.

Auburn Sports Group looks to be an entirely private venture, while Grand Park was built and continues to be owned by the City of Westfield, which operates it in partnership with private organizations.

A director on Westfield’s city staff oversees park operations, and city employees manage and schedule the park’s multipurpose fields for soccer, football, rugby, field hockey and lacrosse.

Westfield contracts with Bullpen Tournaments to operate the park’s baseball and softball diamonds. In the park’s official guide, Bullpen Tournaments reports playing host to more than 5,000 teams at Grand Park during 2021.

Private companies, including the Indiana Pacers, operate indoor venues. The Pacers Athletic Center offers eight indoor courts and reports that more than 500 youth teams played there last year. The Pro X training center features batting cages, a weight room and golf simulator.

The city built and runs the giant Grand Park Events Center that opened in 2016 with three indoor turf fields and a spectator lounge, retail space, locker facilities, office and meeting space and administrative offices.

One of Grand Park’s big draws comes from its role as home of the Indianapolis Colts football training camp, which attracted fans to watch 19 open practices over three weeks last summer.

In a 2019 interview, Westfield Mayor Andy Cook said Grand Park was never intended to make money for the fast-growing city of 50,000 residents.

“We did not build it to honor baseball or soccer or to make money from day-to-day operations. Grand Park was built to create a permanent tax base of the hospitality industry,” Cook said.

“Our vision has always been to be an economic driver for the city of Westfield,” said Matt Trnian, director of Grand Park. “Just watching the hospitality industry flock to this area has been tremendous. Our objective is to bring people to the community via the campus.”

Westfield was home to only one hotel when Grand Park first opened, he said.

The city’s Grand Park operations receive rebates from hotel bookings by visiting tournament participants, who are required to stay in local lodging, according to the park’s website. The bulk of the city’s income comes from sports facility rentals, but sponsorships and concession sales also contribute toward meeting the park’s operating expenses, reported at $6 million per year.

As the park continues to grow, a private gymnastics center is under construction, and plans are in the works for a “tree park” with a zip line, obstacle and rope courses for team-building and fitness activities. The park already features green space and more than 10 miles of walking/biking trails.

Wright’s 360 Movement Academy is scheduled to open this summer with gymnastics equipment, trampolines, a dance studio and ninja course.

Westfield’s local youth sports organizations make use of the park’s fields, chiefly Monday through Thursday, with weekends dominated by visiting tournament participants.

“We’ve been proud to stay community-driven, making sure that our community athletes and organizations are well taken care of,” Trnian said.

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It’s the Publix Sports Park now. Panama City Beach Sports Complex renamed under $500K deal !

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL. — The Panama City Beach Sports Complex will now be known as the Publix Sports Park.

In a special meeting Friday, the Panama City Beach Tourist Development Council approved a sponsorship agreement with Publix Super Markets for the complex, which opened in July 2019 off Chip Seal Parkway and quickly became a major tourist attraction in the area.

“I can’t be more excited,” Seven Bailey, chairman of the TDC, said of the news. “It adds so much excitement to this community to see these kids and their parents come in to now a nationally known, nationally branded Publix Sports Park.”

The Panama City Beach Sports Complex will now be known as the Publix Sports Park after a corporate sponsorship agreement was announced Friday, February 25, 2022. In the photo, representatives of Publix pose for a photo with sports park photographer Michael Booini after the announcement.

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According to J. Michael Brown, vice president of tourism development for Visit Panama City Beach, Publix has agreed to invest $100,000 a year into the complex for the next five years.

All money given by Publix to the park will pass through an approval process with the Bay County Commission.

Brown, who said it took more than a year to finalize the deal, noted that Publix boasts almost 1,300 locations across seven states. More than 800 are in Florida and five are within 15 miles of the sports park.

“The company is very well recognized,” he said. “It has been on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For every year since 1998, (and) it has made Forbes annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies since 1994. It’s truly an outstanding company and exactly the type that we’re happy to partner with.”

A press release from Visit Panama City Beach states the complex, which opened in July 2019, cost about $41 million. It has nine turf fields, four natural grass fields, tournament buildings and two championship fields with 1,500 seats.

It also notes that in its opening year, the park hosted 80,000 visitors, was responsible for the booking of 120,000 local hotel rooms and had a $56 million impact on the community.

The Panama City Beach Sports Complex will now be known as the Publix Sports Park after a corporate sponsorship agreement was announced Friday, February 25, 2022. J. Michael Brown, Vice President of tourism development for Visit Panama City Beach, talks about the investment Publix is making in the community.

Publix spokesperson Hannah Herring, who also spoke during the meeting, said she was impressed with the facility from the moment she arrived. 

“Because I’m a mom of three, I spend most of my nights at the ball parks, so I definitely know how much families appreciate a place like this to be able to bring their children,” Herring said. “(Publix) believes in supporting the communities that (it) serves and youth sports is obviously an integral part of all of that.”

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How to Avoid These 6 Common Groundskeeping Mistakes !

You must first harness the assets that you have…

Coaches and volunteers, God love ’em. The games of baseball and softball usually can’t go on without these dedicated people who are there to either teach or just help out. Most are genuinely trying hard to do the right thing; others are just there to fill a void. It is no wonder that sports field managers cringe when they find out that the coaches and volunteers worked together to get a game in after a rain event. Instead of throwing caution to the wind and doing whatever it takes to get your game in, consider the consequences to the quality of the field surface, those who must fix it, and the other teams that are affected by your actions.

So, let’s look at some of the most common groundskeeping mistakes committed by those with good intentions, but mistakes that nonetheless create undesirable, or even detrimental, results.


COMMON MISTAKE #1: Using a broom or squeegee to push standing water off your infield skin.

UNDESIRABLE RESULT: Infield soil and topdressing are picked up along with the water and pushed off into the lip. This ends up building the lip higher, creating a natural dam, and also making the low spot, where the water collected, lower due to infield material being pushed out along with the water.

THE CORRECT ACTION: Use a puddle pump or Beacon Puddle Sponges to suck up and remove excess freestanding water in the low spots.


COMMON MISTAKE #2: Using excessive amounts of drying agent.

UNDESIRABLE RESULT: The only thing this does is waste large dollar amounts of drying agent to get games played. Excess drying agent remains on the field afterward, which can increase the speed of the field drying, but it can also help store more water at the surface in a rain event as the calcined clay drying agent gorges itself with water. This may actually slow the drying process if too much is sitting on the surface. On a field without a water source, you can actually suffer from the field getting too dry and hard as the calcined clay sucks every bit of moisture out of the infield skin.

THE CORRECT ACTION: If you walk on an infield and it is soft enough that your feet sink, it is too soft to play on. Incredible amounts of damage can occur on a ballfield when it is played on when the infield skin is too soft. Let Mother Nature do her evaporative magic first. Once the field is stable enough to walk on, then you can work to dry the low spots by removing the freestanding water first. Only then should you use drying agent to finish the drying process and it will take much less material to do so.


COMMON MISTAKE #3: Dragging an infield without removing bases, then pulling a drag right over the top of them.

UNDESIRABLE RESULT: Infield soil builds up around the bases slowly burying them and making them harder to remove. This also destroys the consistency of the surface grade across the infield. This is just plain lazy.

THE CORRECT ACTION: Remove the bases and place in dugouts. Install base plugs in base anchors before dragging infield. Cut down any high areas under or around bases with an iron rake or aluminum field rake.


COMMON MISTAKE #4: Dragging infield material into the turf edges.

UNDESIRABLE RESULT: When dragging the infield, if the drag wanders onto the turf edges, it deposits infield soil and topdressing into the turf edges which is then glued in by rainfall and irrigation cycles, unless cleaned out fairly soon afterwards. As this material builds up in the turf, it creates a lip which becomes a natural dam impeding the free flow of rainfall off the playing surface.

THE CORRECT ACTION: Stay a minimum of 6 inches away from the edge of the infield skin where it meets the turf. This will help to reduce the incidence of lip build-up. Additionally, use a push broom, leaf rake, backpack blower, yard vacuum or power broom to pull loose material out of the turf edges after you drag the skin area.


COMMON MISTAKE #5: Packing dry mound spoils back into the wear holes on the mound slope.

UNDESIRABLE RESULT: This is basically wasted effort, pure and simple. Water and clay are the glue that bind a soil together. Without those, no binding will take place, no matter how hard you pulverize and pound the old clay that has been kicked out of the wear areas. Additionally, if you pull the old clay laying on the surface of the mound back into place, it undoubtedly has also been contaminated with other materials, like topdressing or infield soil, which drastically reduce the binding power of the used material.

THE CORRECT ACTION: The only way to patch a clay area that produces an effectively sturdy and stable patch is by using fresh new clay and water. The process is as follows:

  1. Sweep all loose material away from the wear holes.
  2. Use water to adequately moisten the sides and bottom of the holes. Allow some time for the water to absorb into the established clay.
  3. Add fresh clean clay to the wear areas and tamp into place. Level as needed.
  4. Sprinkle some water over the entire surface of the patch.
  5. Pull old topdressing and other material back over patch and finish groom.

COMMON MISTAKE #6: Not using tarps on the clay areas on the mound and home plate at the end of the day.

UNDESIRABLE RESULT: The clay areas are left open to the atmosphere where evaporation will pull the moisture out of the mound and batter’s box clay. Without the moisture in the clay, it fractures and chunks out of those areas very easily, drastically reducing its effectiveness of providing proper footing for a pitcher or hitter.

THE CORRECT ACTION: If area tarps are available, place the mound and plate tarps on whenever you finish a game or practice and no one else is around to use the field. It is always important to minimize evaporation on the clay whenever possible. BONUS: If water is available, add some water to the clay areas on the mound and batter’s box to replace what Mother Nature evaporated during the time you were using the field. Just don’t overdo it.


GIVE COACHES & VOLUNTEERS SOME TRAINING !

To help avoid these common groundskeeping mistakes, coaches and volunteers should only perform minimal work on a field — unless they have received some training. An excellent resource for basic game day groundskeeping skills is available through Beacon Athletics.

Beacon’s online training at Groundskeeper University is totally FREE and offers 8 modules covering the basics of ballfield maintenance, teaching the tried & true best practices. The training is geared toward coaches, volunteers, summer help or new grounds crew members — but, it is also an excellent refresher for experienced groundskeepers. Users signup for a free account (if you are a registered Beacon customer your BeaconAthletics.com login will work) and can track their progress as they finish the modules and lessons. In the end, you can take the final exam to gain certification — but you must be a logged in user to track & store your progress. We highly recommend this free training service to get everyone on the same page, doing things the right way. Visit GroundskeeperU.com.

Sports Field Managers have a tough and challenging job to do, especially at schools and park and recs where their time is limited at each field they manage. I’ve never met a sports field manager who didn’t have incredible pride in the work they do, no matter the situation that gets handed to them. The hope is that coaches and volunteers respect what these field managers do in order for the rest of us to play our games, both competitive and recreational. We hope this post helps you avoid these most common mistakes.

Paul Zwaska (contributor)

A former head groundskeeper for the Baltimore Orioles, Paul has been a frequent contributor to Beacon’s Ballfield Blog and other resources and products. Among other contributions to Beacon, he authored Groundskeeper University, the pioneering online ballfield maintenance training venue.

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All 5 Massachusetts Sports Complexes Purchased For $86 Million By Edge Sports Group !

EDGE SPORTS GROUP

WELLESLEY, MA.  – Albany Road – Sports Complex Investor LLC in partnership with ESG Associates Inc. (“EDGE Sports Group”) acquired five professional multi-sport athletic facilities.

Each of the facilities in the Portfolio were acquired off-market, at an aggregate price of $86.25 million.

The sports complexes provide ice rinks, swimming pools, turf fields, basketball courts, strength and conditioning facilities, various physical therapy and medical practices, and pro shops / restaurants / concessions infrastructure, totaling approximately 445,000 square feet.

The portfolio was orchestrated by, and will be professionally managed by, EDGE Sports Group a full-service athletic facility consultant, developer, and manager with over 30 years of experience in the industry.  

Purchased were:

  • Boston Sports Institute … a Steward Family Facility in Wellesley,
  • Thayer Sports Center in Braintree,
  • Foxboro Sports Center in Foxboro,
  • Boch Ice Center in Dedham, and
  • Hobomock Arenas in Pembroke.

The five facilities are well located across southern and western suburbs of Greater Boston, within I-495 and I-95, an affluent region known for its passion for youth sports, and youth hockey in particular.

The prime location of the facilities should further allow the Portfolio to capitalize on the explosive growth of the U.S. youth sports industry.

Per Wintergreen Research, this industry had a market value of $22.2 billion in 2019, $27.0 billion in 2021 (post-Covid), and is expected to grow exponentially to $40.9 billion by 2025.

The product type offers diversification from traditional real estate cycles, and the Portfolio offers upside potential as several of the properties should benefit from a to-be-implemented, more institutional, bottom-line focused approach to management through a partnership with EDGE Sports Group.

The acquisition opportunities for each facility in the Portfolio were orchestrated in conjunction with Wellesley-based EDGE Sports Group www.edgesportsgroup.com, a full-service athletic facility consultant, developer, and manager with over 30 years of experience in the industry.

EDGE was established to respond to the growing demand for recreational programming by municipalities, schools, and both private and non-private organizations; EDGE works in conjunction with these groups to create sustainable year-round athletic ecosystems to benefit users of all demographics.

Since its inception, EDGE has successfully designed, permitted, developed, and operate facilities throughout New England. In addition, EDGE Sports Group is also the operational manager of the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center and Essex Sports Center in Middleton, along with being the selected developer and operational manager for the Braintree Sports Center in Braintree and Mosaic Quarter Entertainment Complexes in Tucson AZ. 

Given EDGE’s extensive history and track record in the entire life cycle of sports facilities in the New England (and specifically Massachusetts) market, Albany Road views EDGE as the best possible consulting and management partner for the Portfolio. 

An appeal to the platform, from both firms’ perspectives, is that the athletic facility space offers diversification from traditional real estate cycles and product types. Tyler Savonen, Vice President at Albany Road, offered the following: “As an owner/operator of commercial real estate, the youth sports and recreation space is the ultimate panacea to any remote, work-from-home concern that has dominated real estate discussions since the onset of the pandemic, with no clear resolution to this day. 

The partnership and relationship with EDGE creates the opportunity to diligently add further athletic facilities in the future, increasing the size and scale of the Portfolio. 

Both Albany Road and EDGE will have a right of first refusal on each groups’ acquisition and/or or development of any additional athletic facility in the Northeast, which aligns all interests and provides Albany Road with the assurance that we will be given the chance to evaluate all opportunities in the region.

“We are thrilled to partner with Albany Road Real Estate Partners with their strong track record of recognizing opportunities ahead of real estate trends.  This partnership will allow EDGE to not only more efficiently manage and grow this portfolio, but also pivot quickly to capitalize on future opportunities to create a growing ecosystem of family-oriented sports, recreation and entertainment centers” said Brian DeVellis, President of ESG Associates Incorporated.

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State College Action Sports Park Could Finally Become A Reality This Year !

Gordon Kauffman, a volunteer member of the committee working to make the park a reality, told State College Borough Council on Monday that the “aggressive timeline” aims to complete fundraising, final plans, and permitting in the coming months, with construction starting in that late summer.

If everything goes according to plan, the park would open at the end of the year.

To be located in High Point Park off of West Whitehall Road, the project will include amenities for skateboards, BMX bikes, and scooters.

Tussey Mountain has been home to a skate park for skateboards, bikes, and scooters since 2001, but community members have long sought a more easily accessible, and free-to-use, action sports park in the immediate State College area.

“There isn’t an action sports park or a skatepark here in State College and demand is very high for it,” Kauffman said.

The committee presented the current, tentative design for the park during a public input session on Jan. 27.

Jake Johnson, a professional skateboarder and State College native who opened IQ Skateshop on South Pugh Street last year, and his father, Tim, a professor emeritus of landscape architecture at Penn State, developed the concept for the current design, drawing on features from locations Jake has skated at across the United States and around the world.

New Line Skateparks was contracted last fall to bring that conceptual design to a final design and lead construction, with longtime pro skateboarder and lead designer Kanten Russell working as project manager. New Line has developed more than 350 municipal skate park projects over the last 20 years.

Current plans for the 20,000-square-foot project feature ledges, stairs, rails, banks, a mini-ramp area, a brick volcano, a quarterpipe, planting areas with boulders for seating spots, and a center courtyard with a large granite pad.

A rendering of the preliminary design for the planned Action Sports Park at High Point Park in State College. Image by New Line Skateparks

Part of the design is a plaza setting, inspired by locales like Pulaski Park in Washington, D.C., while the lower elevation is designed to be a higher speed area “so that people who want to go a little bit faster and do bigger airs can come and ride down here,” Russell said in January.

“I think this will be very popular with the bikers so that they can really have more room and bigger transitions to do their tricks down here, really pump and get some speed,” he added.

The brick and granite design is meant to fit in with State College’s aesthetic.

“We really tried to make this feel and look like it belongs in State College,” Russell said. “We definitely took inspiration from the downtown area, the living areas, the college itself.”

State College Mayor Ezra Nanes noted during Monday’s council meeting that the skatepark facility still leaves plenty of green space within High Point Park.

“The skatepark does not take up the full footprint of High Point Park,” Nanes said. “It’s in one small section. There’s a whole lot of green space all around it as well. The park is still very much a park. This is just a component of the park, which is great.”

Kaufman said the committee is excited about High Point Park because it is an existing but currently underutilized park not far from State College Area High School, is located on a CATA bus route, and has parking off of West Whitehall Road.

The shared-use path system in the borough currently connects to Blue Course Drive, not far from the park. The borough is separately aiming to secure a state grant to, in part, connect the Orchard Park greenway along Blue Course Drive to Whitehall Road.

A rendering of the preliminary design for the planned Action Sports Park at High Point Park in State College. Image by New Line Skateparks

It’s been a long road to the development of the action sports park since it was first proposed in 2013 to the Centre Region Council of Government Parks Capital Committee by BMX legend and local resident Jamie Bestwick. Borough staff began looking into the project the following year and it has been a part of capital improvement plans ever since.

In 2017, Orchard Park was proposed as a potential location, but that was met with opposition by residents of the Greentree neighborhood. An ad hoc committee was then formed and proposed several locations, including the planned Whitehall Road Regional Park

It would, however, likely be years, if at all, before an action sports component could be included in the multi-phase construction of Whitehall Road Regional Park. A subcommittee of the original ad hoc committee regrouped and ultimately identified High Point Park as the preferred location.

Nearby residents did not oppose the proposal for High Point Park, which is owned by the borough and maintained by Centre Region Parks and Recreation.

Before shovels hit the ground, though, there’s more work to be done. The total project cost is about $1.3 million. The Pennsylvania Department of Economic and Community Development and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have approved two grants totaling $500,000. The borough allocated $200,000 in its capital budget and the project has received about $100,000 in in-kind donations and services.

That leaves $500,000 to be raised through private-sector fundraising and/or additional grants.

Kauffman said the committee has only just begun the private fundraising campaign in the past few weeks and has about $20,000 in commitments so far. By April they hope to have a good sense of how much will be available in order to finalize the park plans.

“I’m confident that this community is going to come together,” Kauffman said. “It’s got a history of philanthropy and I believe we’ve got the resources here to make this happen.”

He added that the initial focus has been on securing larger donations, but that the campaign will include opportunities for smaller contributions.

“We feel like if we can get a few big gifts under our belt it will help build momentum for the project,” he said. “It’s very important that ultimately there’s buy-in from the entire community and [smaller donations are] a great way to do that.”

Work toward the park has been a collaborative effort “to provide local youth a safe and secure place to practice their independent sport disciplines and socialize with peers.” The borough, which in addition to funding has provided regular staff support and the location, state, Centre Region Parks and Rec, local youth and families, volunteers, and local businesses are all a part of the process.

“This is going to take a village, so there are a lot of stakeholders involved,” he said. “It’s really a function of the continued efforts and the passion by community members to make this dream a reality.”

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Greater Binghamton Sports Complex owner sues contractors, insurance company over collapse !

The owner of the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex is suing two contractors and its own insurance carrier following the collapse of the under-construction building during a November 2021 windstorm.

In a $3.4 million civil action filed Feb. 8 in state Supreme Court for Broome County, Kashou Enterprises Inc. alleges contractor Colton Construction LLC and a subcontractor, Tyrrell Steel Erectors LLC, were “negligent in failing to timely and properly erect the steel framing of the building in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications.”

The lawsuit also names the Hanover Insurance Co. of Worcester, Massachusetts, as a defendant.

Kashou Enterprises claims Hanover “refused to honor its contractual promise to fully compensate plaintiff for all damages related to the failure of the construction project” even though the plaintiff “was in full compliance” with all of the conditions of its policy with the company.

What’s next:Greater Binghamton Sports Complex rebuilding delayed after collapse: When will it open?

Investigation:Cause of Sunday’s collapse at Greater Binghamton Sports Complex being investigated

Kashou Enterprises attorneys Levene Gouldin & Thompson, LLP cites an “unusual and excessive wind event” as another “substantial factor” in the collapse of the building and the “failure of the construction project.”

The planned one-story, 100,000-square-foot sports facility in the Town of Union was under construction when it collapsed Nov. 21, 2021 during a wind storm. No one was injured. Kashou Enterprises said all work was halted after the building collapse.

Last November’s incident marked the second collapse of a structure at the Airport Road property in less than a year.

During a frigid, record-breaking winter storm in December 2020, the old dome at the complex slowly deflated under the weight of about three feet of snow,destroying the central facility that attracted thousands of athletes and their families over 15 years.

After the December 2020 collapse, Bahij Kashou transferred the sports leagues and tournaments to the Edge Sports Complex in Vestal, and got to work on rebuilding.

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( Teams, Officials, Tournaments, & Facilities ) *

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada

Since 1981”

www.sportsplexoperators.com

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No Smoke, No Mirrors… Just Better Soils !

Full season on tap for E’town Sports Park !

Elizabethtown, KY – A busy 2022 season is on the horizon for the Elizabethtown Sports Park staff.

From the beginning of March to the end of August, General Manager Todd Yancey they’ll have only one off weekend.

“I can’t believe it, but we are a matter of weeks away from the 2022 season already,” he said Wednesday at the Elizabethtown Tourism Commission meeting. “It’s go time again.”Yancey introduced the sports park leadership team to commissioners and delved into some new and highlighted events as they kick off the season, such as Kentucky Turf Wars — their own baseball tournament. It’s set for the middle of May and is already sitting around 40 games with more than 60 teams anticipated, up more than 20 teams last year.

“We’re feeling pretty good about that one and that’s going to continue to build our own brand of tournaments,” he said.

New this year, through their relationship with USSSA Kentucky, Yancey said they’ve added a Super NIT Select 30 event, which is an invitational to get to the USSSA National World Series. This event is set for the weekend of the Kentucky Derby in May.

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“NEW” Amateur Sports Added !

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

We Can Save More Money In 2022 !

* ( 26 Different Amateur Sports ) *

( Teams, Officials, Tournaments, & Facilities ) *

1-800-622-7370

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www.sadlersports.com/soda

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“Proudly Serving The USA/Canada

Since 1981”

www.sportsplexoperators.com

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Since 1981”

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BALLFIELD DIMENSIONS GUIDE – New vs. Existing Layouts !

BALLFIELD * DIMENSIONS * GUIDE

New Versus Existing Infields

DuraEdge Engineered Infield Soils have revolutionized the industry with a manufacturing process that relies on testing and computer-controlled blending. Scientifically selected soil materials are carefully metered out and mechanically combined to allow for specific infield soils.


New infield skin construction.

When designing and building a new ballfield, the most critical decision you need to make is the infield soil you will specify and install. To answer that question, you’ll need to answer these two questions first.

  • What are your field maintenance resources with regards to labor, equipment, maintenance practices and frequency?
  • Do you have access to an adequate water supply?

Answers to those questions will guide you in accurately classifying your field. A four-inch profile of infield soil is recommended for all new infield skin construction. See Engineered Soil or Native Soil? for more info and Determining Your Infield Soil Needs to estimate soil amounts.


Existing infield skin renovation.

The development of engineered infield soils has paved the way for many underperforming infields to be rescued while avoiding the cost of total replacement. This innovative process is based on science and math using a four-step process for renovation known as “TACS” — Test, Analyze, Compare, and Solve.

DuraEdge engineered soils come in seven different blends. All FieldSaver products contain 50% or less sand content. DuraEdge infield soils contain 60% or more sand content. A Beacon Athletics or DuraEdge infield soils consultant can help you decide which soil product(s) should be blended into your existing soil for peak performance.

THE “AMENDING PROCESS”

  1. Select the proper soil amendments based on TACS evaluation.
  2. Remove all lips on the field and grade as close to finish grade as possible.
  3. Using a topdresser, spread amendment soil evenly across infield skin surface.
  4. With a reverse tine tiller, incorporate thoroughly by blending to a depth of 3″.
  5. Laser grade the proper crown to promote positive surface drainage (see Finish & Surface Grade).
  6. Roll infield skin with 1 ½ ton vibratory roller to fully compact, then flood skin area
  7. Finish surface by selecting and applying a topdressing (see Topdressing Amounts).
  8. You have now permanently modified your infield skin profile based on soil science.

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    “NEW” Amateur Sports Added !

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    We Can Save More Money In 2022 !

    * ( 26 Different Amateur Sports ) *

    ( Teams, Officials, Tournaments, & Facilities ) *

    1-800-622-7370

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    www.sadlersports.com/soda

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    “Proudly Serving The USA/Canada

    Since 1981”

    www.sportsplexoperators.com

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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    “Proudly Serving The USA/Canada

    Since 1981”

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    [[ Available In SODA Store Online !]]

    ** “STAY SMART ** STAY SAFE” **

    • ** STAY HEALTHY **