Sod has been installed at the new American Legion baseball field at Lake Farley Park in Milbank. Crews from R & A Fields of Springfield, Ohio, began the process on Monday. October 17, and finished the field Friday evening, October 21.
The sod they put down is a four-way blend of Kentucky bluegrass. It’s the same kind of sod used in several professional ballparks such as Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins; Guaranteed Field, home of the Chicago White Sox; and Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers. In general, teams in warmer climates who play on natural grass, use Bermuda grass variants, whereas teams in cooler climates play on Kentucky bluegrass because of its tolerance to cold temperatures.
The workers arrived in Milbank at 2 a.m., but when the project started at 8 a.m., they realized some of the grass had frozen. John Forman, administrator for the City of Milbank, said, “Typically, the company doing the field construction procures the sod, but in this case the city purchased it separately.” New sod was purchased in order to complete the project on time.
According to Forman, a total of nearly 16 semi-loads were needed to finish the field. “Now that the field is in place,’ Forman says, “we will be watering it for about two weeks, providing the temperatures stay as predicted. Then, we will blow out the system and let Mother Nature take over.”
Forman added he is hopeful crews will get the concrete backstop in place at the field, but says work on the project depends on the weather.