09/14/2010 3:01 PM -
The Northern League has announced that CommunityAmerica Ballpark and its grounds crew has been selected as the Playing Surface of the Year for the 2010 campaign.
Financed privately at a cost of $17 million, CommunityAmerica Ballpark opened on June 6, 2003 and has been a multi-use facility playing host for the Kansas City T-Bones, Kansas City Wizards (MLS), and Kansas City Kansas Community College.
Joey Fitzgerald, who is completing his third season as the T-Bones Head Groundskeeper and Facilities Manager, leads the care of the field. Helping him during the season were assistants Glen Aveson and Nick Relic, Stadium Operations Manager Rylan D. Brody, Trevor Stancil, and Jay Griggs and Mike Moyer from the Wizards. Fitzgerald was a part of the crew that converted the field from its old Kentucky Bluegrass surface to Patriot Bermuda prior to the 2008 season.
“Our organization is extremely honored and excited to receive this award for the second straight year,” said general manager Chris Browne. “It is a phenomenal accomplishment and a credit to the work and long hours Joey and his crew put in behind the scenes each and every day.”
This marks the second straight season CommunityAmerica Ballpark has been selected as Playing Surface of the Year.