May 7, 2014 8:29 PM by Greg Smith
Since 2004, the diamond at Security Service field has seen some incredible moments and players. This spring it was ripped up and thrown away.
Over 700 games, and ten years, mixed with statewide flooding meant and it was time for a new Sky Sox ball field.
"We all experienced those 100 year floods, the record rainfall that we had last year," said Sky Sox general manager Tony Ensor. "It exposed some weaknesses we had out on the field. We undertook a major renovation and completely renovated the field this March."
It was a little more complicated than laying down some new sod too.
"We stripped out seven to ten inches, literally, of the old field and really began from the ground up with new drainage in a lot of areas, with new irrigation, new sub surface," sais Ensor. "An upgrade to give us great drainage, but also enough grade to give us a perfect playing surface for the players."
Not only is this year's field more equipped for rain and other abuse, it better equips the Sky Sox themselves.
"It wasn't just about drainage, it was about making a better playing surface for our players," said Ensor. "It's the same turf as in Coors Field, the same infield dirt, infield mix that you have up in Coors Field. We had this opportunity to, not only just restructure the field and change it for our fans, but give a little something extra to have similar conditions that they're going to see up in Coors field when they move up."
Four different kinds of grass, plus a sand and dirt infield mix, months of hard work and a little help from mother nature equals better Sky Sox baseball.