AstroTurf GameDay Grass Selected for Tointon Stadium

Head Coach Brad Hill

July 18, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Frank Myers Field at Tointon Family Stadium will undergo a facelift beginning this week with the installation of the AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 infill system.

The new infill turf will be installed over the entire field, replacing not only the artificial infield and warning track areas that were constructed in 2006, but the natural grass outfield and bullpen areas, as well. Even the home plate area - formerly a surface built of clay - will be covered with the infill product, leaving only the pitcher's mound unchanged. The project will keep K-State's baseball program at the forefront of infill field technology while maximizing the opportunities to practice and play games in all weather conditions.

Mid-America Golf and Landscape, which also oversaw the turf installation at Bill Snyder Family Stadium this past spring, will serve as project manager. Installation is expected to be completed in approximately nine weeks, allowing the Wildcats to begin their fall practices in mid-September and conduct the Fall World Series in October.

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"We are truly excited to be installing the AstroTurf product at Tointon Family Stadium," head coach Brad Hill said. "I appreciate the fact that John Currie and the athletics administration felt strongly about upgrading our playing surface. This will give our program the ability to take advantage of outdoor practice time in virtually any weather condition, and it will be one of the best playing surfaces in the Big 12 for years to come."

The AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 infill system for baseball is similar to the product installed at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. In order to simulate a natural grass infield and create as fast a surface as possible, the infield blade will be 1-5/8 inches in length when the sand-rubber infill is complete while the outfield will be 1-7/8 inches tall.

A natural grass-colored surface will be installed in the infield, outfield and foul territory areas, while the traditional clay-infield color will cover the warning track, base paths, infield dirt area and the home-plate circle. Additionally, permanent white lines will be installed for the foul lines and the batter's boxes.

"After we moved to an artificial surface in the infield five years ago, we quickly realized the benefits of an infill system," Associate Athletics Director for Operations Casey Scott said. "Maintenance is reduced significantly, games and practices are saved from weather, and the bounce of the ball is true. By taking the next step and installing AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 over the entire field, we eliminate the problems we've had in maintaining a great playing surface given our climate conditions and the wear-and-tear of practices and games."

The K-State Powercat logo will be retained behind the home-plate area as in the current field design, while the baseball-specific interlocking "KS" logo will be installed in shallow center field.

The installation of AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60 at Tointon Family Stadium will make the home of Wildcat Baseball one of just two Big 12 baseball stadiums to feature the surface. Two Major League Stadiums - Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Rogers Centre in Toronto - have AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D60, with other Division I programs including Wichita State, Kansas, Wake Forest, Duke and James Madison, among others.

Check throughout the summer for installation updates.