Frank Myers Field AstroTurf
Tointon Family Stadium
Same Field Surface as Two MLB Teams.
Frank Myers Field at Tointon Family Stadium recently was given a facelift with a new AstroTurf field.
While carrying the same name - AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 - as the newly installed infill artificial surface at Bill Snyder Family Stadium, K-State Associate Athletics Director Casey Scott said, "The blade is a little different than the football field but has the same special 'thatch base' that allows the sand and rubber to settle deeper into the turf."
With the exception of the clay pitcher's mound, the rest of the field will be covered by the artificial surface, which includes the batter's box and the outfield that have been clay and natural grass, respectively.
In addition, the bullpen areas will be covered by AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60, plus a more durable artificial surface will be put in the batting cages off the left field line.
"The AstroTurf product will allow us to take advantage of outdoor practice at all times of the year," head coach Brad Hill said. "The hope is that this will be one of the best playing surfaces in the conference for the next several years."
The process, which will be headed by Mid-America Golf and Landscape, includes construction of a six-inch rock base that is rolled for compaction and laser-graded to assure proper drainage prior to the AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 being installed on top.
In order to simulate a natural grass infield and create as fast a surface as possible, the infield blade will stand 1 5/8-inches, and in normal baseball field fashion, the outfield grass will be taller at 1 7/8-inches. On the football field, there is a 50-50 sand and rubber infill mixture, while the blend for baseball is 70 percent sand and 30 percent rubber.
"Coach (Brad) Hill wants it to be a fast surface," said Scott, who said the purple and white "KS" baseball logo will be displayed in center field and the Powercat logo behind home plate. "The football turf has a more rigid blade, while the baseball blade will be more flexible to eliminate the resistance on the ball."
The batter's box, infield base paths and the 15-foot warning track will be a clay-brown in color, with the rest of the field being green.
Scott says roughly $50,000 a year will be saved on the annual field maintenance of fertilization, aeration and seeding/sodding, not to mention labor costs and eliminating the nearly 1.5 million gallons of water used to irrigate the field.
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