The field team lends as much as the baseball players
MILWAUKEE – The field crew at American Family Field is just as ready for Major League Baseball’s Opening Day in Milwaukee as the Brewers players themselves.
On Wednesday afternoon, April 13, the field crew met with the media to offer an up-close look at the diamond which will host more than 80 games this season.
Fans should know that the pitch they will see is brand new. In November, the field crew removed the existing playing surface, removed 640 tons of sand, replaced that sand, leveled it and plowed it. The crew let him settle in January. Then the new grass was installed at the end of February and the beginning of March.
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“It was about 28 semis that came from South Jersey,” said Ryan Woodley, grounds manager at American Family Field. “It took about a week to install and it’s been about five weeks now.”
Woodley said the team uses a variety of bluegrass.
“They allow us to have low sunlight, we have to use less irrigation,” Woodley said.
The estate is cooler than ever, but it’s not something you’ll notice from your seat or on TV.
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“Same pattern. We like to keep it consistent, same dirt on the pitch. That’s the big thing is players like consistency and that’s what we try to give them,” Woodley said. “We actually had to turn on the heating inside the stadium to help the ground temperature rise to help the grass start to grow, so it was quite a stressful time.”
The diamond has a new irrigation system – which allowed the field crew to be more precise with their watering and maintenance.
Despite the novelty, officials say the playability on the pitch shouldn’t be any different for the Brewers.
For those heading to the ballpark for the home opener, the roof is expected to be closed.
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