Lawrence, Kan. – The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA)has named its 2013 “Field of the Year Award” winners, and the Infinity Park rugby stadium in Glendale, Colo. is among the winners.
Infinity Park won in the general sporting grounds category.
The winners are:
Baseball – Isotopes Park (Albuquerque, N.M.): Casey Griffin, Director of Field Operations
Soccer - Columbus Crew Stadium (Columbus, Ohio): Weston Appelfeller, Director of Grounds
College and University
Baseball - Kobs Field, McLane Baseball Stadium at Michigan State University (East Lansing, Mich.): Jared Knoodle, Groundskeeper; Amy Fouty, CSFM, Athletic Turf Manager
Football - Leslie Frazier Field at Trinity International University (Deerfield, Ill.): Andy Yeaman, Grounds Supervisor
Softball - Florida Atlantic University Softball Stadium (Boca Raton, Fla.): Ken Czerniak, Sports Turf Manager
Soccer - Championship Field at Seattle University (Seattle, Wash.): Kevin White, Athletic Fields Supervisor
Schools and Parks
Baseball - The Steward School Baseball Field (Richmond, Va.): Mark Roberts, Athletic Turf & Field Manager
Football - Middle Division Football Field at Milton Hershey School (Hershey, Pa.): Joe Barrand; Jason Bowers, CSFM, Sports Turf Managers
Softball - Lady Panthers Softball Field at Park Hill South (Kansas City, Mo.): Eric Jones, Head Groundskeeper
Soccer - The Jungle at Louisa County High School (Mineral, Va.): Michael Hopkins, Turfgrass Science Instructor / Sports Turf Manager
Sporting Grounds - Infinity Park (Glendale, Colo.): Noel Harryman, Manager of Turf Operations
“The Field of the Year Award is a dedication to our members who have an intense passion to provide the finest playing surfaces for athletes of all ages and abilities,” says Kim Heck, CEO of STMA. “Each day, they face new challenges and the novel solutions and state-of-the-art technologies they employ are truly amazing to consistently provide pristine and safe sports fields.”
A panel of 16 judges independently scored entries based on playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Judges may not award a field in each category. Winning fields will be featured in a 2014 issue of Sports Turf Magazine.
Awards will be presented at the 25th STMA Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas Jan. 21-24, 2014.
STMA is the not-for-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, the association and its 34 local chapters have been providing education, information and sharing practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. Its more than 2,600 members oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.