August 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.spor 32 // August 2017 Category of Submission: Professional Soccer Sports Turf Manager: Joel White Title: Turf Manager Education: Associate's degree in Turf Management, Kirkwood Community College (IA) Experience: I have 35 years on golf courses; my sport turf man- agement experience is the past two seasons at Toyota Park. Full-time staff: Brian Fickett, seasonal full-time Original construction: 2006 Rootzone: 80% sand 20% peat Turfgrass variety: Princeton-105, Bewitched Overseed: HGT and RPR perennial ryegrasses; 700 lbs. total for the year of HGT, and RPR for divots, @ 300 lbs. over the year. Soil heating system: Water-glycol heat, entire pitch, four zones Drainage: 4-inch tile on 10-foot centers, hooked up to a SubAir aeration system, with pressure and vacuum. Why STMA should consider your field a winner for baseball? With the 2014 golf season in the books I come across position opening for a turf manager at a sports facility and applied. Three weeks later I change my business card to Turf Manager at Toyota Park. With my start date the fi rst week of January and fi nding out we can have a match the fi rst week in March, I put the phone to good use, setting up vendors and reaching out to my peers. The next thing I accomplish was to join STMA and plan my trip to the show. When I was there I found anyone who would help me out and not one would turn my questions down. It was fantastic. The only problem was I forgot to ask someone how to take a foot of snow off 8 days before the fi rst match. The main tenants of the stadium are one MSL team, one NWSL team and a Rugby team will be calling this home here next year. Dotted through the season, the pitch will host/accommodate a wide variety of events that would include: concerts, commercial shoots, football, youth soccer, high school soccer, college soccer and international soccer. During the season the pitch will encounter over 55 soccer matches and practices plus over 70 separate events. The pitch itself is set in a constant changing environment on the south side of Chicago. It could be calm in the morning to blowing 10-15 mph winds by the afternoon, usually every day. Watching the forecast is diffi cult also, the weather person can say it may rain but that means anywhere from Wisconsin to Indiana. I just have to go by one thing; if it's raining on the pitch it is raining. I do not count on anything. The stadium itself has challenges for TOYOTA PARK, CHICAGO FIRE SC/CHICAGO RED STARS SC, Village of Bridgeview, IL The Field of the Year Awards program is made possible by the support of sponsors Barenbrug USA, Carolina Green Corp., Ewing, Hunter Industries, and World Class Athletic Services.

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