SportsTurf

June 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.stma.org June 2017 | SportsTurf 29 ■ The Met Life Stadium, home to the National Football League's New York Giants and NY Jets, practice facility and Yankee Stadium (home of the New York Yankees and the New York City Football Club of Major League Soccer). ■ Tuckahoe Sod Farm (one of the largest and most successful sod farms in the USA), and Monmouth Park racetrack, the site of the 2007 Breeders Cup. ■ Central Park, the iconic green space on Manhattan Island, and the American Museum of Natural History/ Hayden Planetarium, one of the world's pre-eminent scientific and cultural institutions renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections. ■ The Bronx Botanical Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and one of the greatest botanical gardens in the world. The day will conclude with a cocktail reception, an American-style BBQ, and an opportunity to informally view research plots at the Rutgers Turf Research Facility at Hort Farm 2 in North Brunswick, NJ. Brief, YouTube videos of the research trials will be accessible during the evening via free Internet. Wednesday night's BBQ will have a Beach Party theme and live music, so dress casually and be ready to have a great time under the stars. OPTIONAL EVENTS ■ Wine and Cheese Tasting, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, Tuesday, July 18 (http:// www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu/) ■ Night at Citi Field Major League Baseball Park, New York City, Tuesday, July 18, (http://newyork.mets.mlb.com/ nym/ballpark/) ■ Rutgers Turfgrass Breeding Program Tour, Friday, July 21, at the Rutgers Plant Science Research and Extension Farm, Adelphia, NJ (https:// turf.rutgers.edu/facilities/adelphia. html). This tour will take place at the end of the ITRC. Come see the largest cool-season breeding program in the world, and hear about the latest advances in turfgrass breeding. Buses will leave from and return to the Hyatt. There is no additional charge for this tour, but pre- registration is required. A Pre-Conference Tour will take in the sites of Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA during a 5-day trip that will provide a mix of history, fun, and of course turfgrass. Hotel accommodations will be in close proximity to the Nation's Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, and a myriad of museums including the Smith- sonian in Washington, DC. There will be plenty of time for sightseeing and visits to turf-related venues that will include the newly renovated National Mall, the Grass Roots exhibit at the National Arboretum, the National Botanical Gar- dens, Congressional Country Club, and Nationals Park (home of the Washington Nationals major league baseball team). In Philadelphia, participants will visit Lincoln Financial Field, home of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles, PPL Park, home of the MLS Philadelphia Union, as well the iconic Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, local museums, and Longwood Gardens. A Post-Conference Tour will be based out of Asheville, NC. Asheville is a city in western North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains known for its vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, includ- ing the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence. Participants will stay in the brand new Village Hotel at the world famous Biltmore Estate (America's larg- est house). The tour will include visits to several top-tier golf courses, as well as plenty of time for sightseeing in the nearby River Arts District. On the last evening, enjoy a Pub Crawl and sample the dizzying array of beer that Asheville offers. What a relaxing way to unwind after the 13th ITRC. Additional details and the cost of both tours are provided on the ITRC website, http://www. turfsociety.com/ itrc2017/?p=home. Dr. Bruce Clarke is ITS President Director, Center for Turfgrass Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

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