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Baseball with no dirt!Posted Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 1:53 PM
Field Turf at Jim Patterson Stadium in Louisville T-G Photo by Jimmy Jones
Jim Patterson stadium is a first class facility with first class staff and a very unique characteristic in that it is one of only five baseball stadiums in the nation to use FieldTurf as their playing surface.
The only place on the field that is dirt is the pitchers mound. Imagine that! The only guy on the field that can get dirty is the pitcher!
The following is a company description of the playing surface as copy and pasted from their site.
The washed silica sand does not break down from use or heavy traffic. The cryogenic rubber is recycled rubber, frozen and shattered, creating smooth-sided spherical particles. As compared to 3 pounds of ambient rubber found in most other artificial turf, each square foot of FieldTurf contains 7 pounds of silica sand plus 3 pounds of cryogenic rubber. A base layer of silica sand is followed by up to 21 individual layers of mixed silica sand and cryogenic rubber and then topped with a final layer of specially graded cryogenic rubber which stays on the top of the infill system.
FieldTurf is the only system that uses sand and rubber in a «layered» design for quick cut and plant, speed and stability. FieldTurf is never spongy or soggy like «all-rubber» turf systems and provides a high rate of «energy restitution.» This exclusive infill provides superior safety, grass-like stability and better long-term resilience. FieldTurf does not require a separate shock pad to be "In the Safety Zone." Its shock attenuation rating and G-max are similar to the best natural grass systems in use today.
Wow! I must say that being an old school guy that I was extremely skeptical of the surface but after walking on it and talking with several players from three different schools I have become increasingly impressed with the surface.
The players to a man say that the field gives a true hop on grounders and that it does not appear to increase the temperature like the old turf did.
They also say that is not as abrasive to slide on as most dirt infields.
I have not seen one strawberry or scuffed up arm or leg yet after watching two ball games so it must be as good as advertised.
What do you think of dirt vs. turf?
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