Why more baseball and softball teams are playing on synthetic turf fields built by Byrne & Jones Sports

Early season games, added revenue and player safety all come into play.

Synthetic Turf fields decrease the likelihood of spring games cancellations.

Spring is finally here and across the Midwest, calls of “Play Ball” can be heard at sports complexes across the region. Yet all those games are often at risk of being cancelled due to poor field conditions that are the inevitable result of spring rains and even snow – unless of course, your baseball and softball fields feature a synthetic turf playing surface installed by the experts at Byrne & Jones Sports.

One example of that recently took place in Bettendorf, Iowa at the TBK Bank Sports Complex. The complex features synthetic turf fields for both baseball and softball that were installed by Byrne & Jones Sports – and though snow was still piled up around the stands, the field was ready for action.

The TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf, Iowa

Jeremy Jungwirth, the varsity baseball coach at Orion High School, worked with the TBK Bank Sports Complex to schedule the Orion baseball team’s opener against Ridgewood. While on the adjacent fields, an arrangement was made for the Chargers JV baseball team and softball team to play their opener as well.

Jungwirth followed up and scheduled additional games at the Complex, knowing that unless rain was falling, the fields would be ready. That’s definitely an added bonus for the TBK Bank Sports Complex. While most natural turf fields simply aren’t ready for play early in the season, TBK can generate additional revenue from a variety of area teams thanks to the synthetic turf surfaces at the Complex.

Getting in those early season games is a big bonus for baseball teams as well. Early in the year, many teams need to cancel games due to poor field playing conditions – sometimes even when the sun is shining. That either creates a backlog of games later in the year or simply results in games that are cancelled and never re-scheduled. It also puts a strain on a team’s pitching staff.

With synthetic turf fields, most of those games can go on as scheduled. But there simply aren’t that many synthetic turf playing fields for baseball or softball available. But that’s beginning to change. According to Matt Hicks, Director of Project Management at Byrne & Jones Sports, “We’re definitely seeing a growing trend for both high schools and sports complexes in shifting to artificial turf baseball and softball fields.”

Beyond the early spring play, having a synthetic turf field is easier to maintain throughout the playing season. Proper field maintenance is key to getting the optimum performance from a turf field and Byrne & Jones Sports can provide on-going support as well as daily, weekly, monthly and seasonal checklists that when followed, help to assure performance.

Safety of those playing on the fields is always a high priority, which is why regular testing to manage surface hardness needs to be performed. According to Hicks, “Your project will have an ASBA Certified Field Builder assigned to it right from the start. With Byrne & Jones Sports working with you every step of the way, your baseball and/or softball fields will be built right, built safe and feature an on-going maintenance program designed to maximize the life of your synthetic turf.”

With baseball and softball seasons now well underway, you may not think it’s an ideal time to install a new playing surface for your fields. But if your complex features more than one field, there’s no time like the present.

Get in the game and call the experts at Byrne & Jones Sports today.

Byrne & Jones Construction is one of the largest commercial concrete and asphalt contractors in the St. Louis metro area. Byrne & Jones Sports is also one of the leading sports field specialists and polyurethane running track experts in all stages of construction – from initial planning to project completion. We’re proud to be a trusted advisor to the clients we serve, working on their behalf to offer the best solutions to all of their installation and preservation challenges – and doing it all safely every step of the way. For more information, visit https://www.byrneandjones.com

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