STMA Members Renovate BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field

Published online: Aug 02, 2017 Sod

Sports Turf Managers Association celebrates its members for their involvement in the renovation and maintenance of BB&T Ballpark at Historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa.
The second oldest and most distinguished Minor League Baseball venue in the country welcome the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) “Little League Classic” on Aug. 20 to air live on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
BrightView, the nation’s leading landscape services company and Major League Baseball’s sports turf consultant, employs STMA members responsible for the field renovation. Earlier this year, a new field design was created by BrightView’s Design Group before BrightView’s Development and Sports Turf teams began restoration on March 1.
The teams laid 4,500 tons of sand and root-zone material to prepare the natural grass surface; removed 1 1/2 feet of physical mass; constructed the playing surface and set infield and outfield sod the week of May 30. BrightView also oversaw the installation of new foul poles, bullpens, a batter’s eye and backstop net to meet MLB requirements. The new ballfield was inaugurated for the Williamsport Crosscutters’ (Class-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies) home opener June 20.

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