FieldTurf Project At Les Miller Field Nears Completion|
Oct. 9, 2007
Chicago, Ill.- Crews are now in the final phase of the FieldTurf project at Les Miller Field, as the new artificial surface is almost completely installed at the home stadium of the UIC baseball team.
Since the project began in the summer, Les Miller Field has undergone various looks. The field transformed from a natural grass baseball surface to large mounds of dirt to a gravel pit to its current state of glowing FieldTurf in a span of over three months.
Just a few more days remain in the process to complete the installation. The infield, warning track, pitcher's mound and the foul territory down the lines and behind the plate will be finished soon, as will the final stages of sewing the seams of the FieldTurf with a patented hook and loop method.
The installation of the FieldTurf surface began the first week of October. Normally installation of the surface takes approximately two weeks to complete, barring inclement weather issues.
"We're excited about the new surface and all the things it allows us to do, from practicing later in the year and earlier in the spring," said UIC head coach Mike Dee. "In this part of the country, this is the best surface we can possibly have."
In addition to allowing the UIC baseball team to practice outdoors later in the fall semester and earlier in the spring semester, the Flames' home schedule now begins earlier than ever before, maintenance costs for the field go down dramatically and the safety of UIC's baseball student-athletes improves significantly.
The FieldTurf surface is designed to withstand Chicago winters with a durability unlike grass or other surfaces, while the patented design and integrated system of silica sand and cryogenic rubber infill makes movement with cleated shoes easier and less harmful to the lower extremities of the athletes.
Along with UIC, 18 other Division I-A baseball programs around the country feature FieldTurf at their respective facilities. Major League Baseball teams like the Minnesota Twins, Tampa Bay Devil Rays and Toronto Blue Jays also utilize FieldTurf at their stadiums. For more information on FieldTurf, go to the official FieldTurf website here.