CWRU Athletics to Resurface DiSanto Field, Nobby’s Ballpark & Mather Park this Summer

CWRU Athletics to Resurface DiSanto Field, Nobby’s Ballpark & Mather Park this Summer

The Case Western Reserve University Department of Athletics and Physical Education has announced the resurfacing of three of its outdoor athletic facilities – DiSanto Field (football and soccer), Nobby's Ballpark (baseball) and Mather Park (softball).  The end result of the project will be state-of-the-art surfaces installed at each of the three venues by the start of the 2017-18 academic year, to benefit student-athletes and other members of the CWRU community for years to come.

"We are thrilled to enhance three of our most impressive athletic venues at Case Western Reserve University with top of the line surfaces for our student-athletes and the CWRU community," said Director of Athletics Amy Backus.  "The selection process included a careful review of alternative infills and exacting sport-specific turf products. We succeeded in meeting those needs with these products. Generous support from the University and donors put us in a position to continue to make significant improvements to our facilities, and assure that they remain among the finest in the country."

DiSanto Field's turf, which had been installed in 2005, will be replaced with FieldTurf Revolution 360 fiber with an EcoSense EPDM fill.  The Revolution 360 surface is FieldTurf's top-of-the-line product, and has been used at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia (future home of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS' Atlanta United) and Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts (home of the NFL's New England Patriots and MLS' New England Revolution).  In addition, the EcoSence EPDM fill will provide a new, clean, eco-friendly infill, serving as an alternative to crumb rubber.

Nobby's Ballpark will undergo a transformation from a grass and dirt infield to one consisting of Astroturf's Diamond Series 3Di system.  The 3Di system is a proprietary synthetic fiber system that has the closest play to a clay surface regarding ball bounce, speed, and sliding distance.  The infield grass will be a slit film fiber.  The entire field will be infilled with a mixture of sand and EPDM rubber.  The Series Diamond 3Di system is the most widely used synthetic turf system used in collegiate baseball today.

The infield at Mather Park, which had previously been all dirt, will be replaced with Hilltopper Infield Mix, an artificial dirt surface that will provide increased playability in poor weather conditions.  In addition, the Hilltopper Mix will we used for new home and visiting bullpens.

Construction at Nobby's Ballpark and DiSanto Field are scheduled to begin on May 22nd, with Nobby's slated for completion by June 9th and DiSanto by June 22nd.  The Mather Park project is currently scheduled for a June 19th start, with a projected completion date of July 11th.

Updates on the projects, including photos, will be posted on athletics.case.edu throughout the construction.

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