When a call came asking for help preparing the Major League Baseball field at the Field of Dreams, Casey Scheidel jumped at the opportunity.
That call came from BrightView Sports Turf, the general contractor who was looking for local companies to take part in the field’s construction. Scheidel (’04 horticulture), president of Iowa Sports Turf Management, and his team, which also includes fellow College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni Eric Van Ginkel ('11 horticulture) and Mitch Countryman (’17 horticulture), spent three days at the field in May 2020 finishing grading and laying the sod.
NEWTON, Iowa - Many in Iowa have noticed the beautiful baseball playing field at Principal Park, home of the Iowa Cubs.
The grounds crew there has expanded to take their show on the road, around Iowa. The grounds crew kept getting requests from local schools and cities to do things like, build a pitcher’s mound, or help work on the turf for a local school.
Dyersville, Iowa — Major League Baseball says the Field of Dreams game, set to take place in August between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees, is still on schedule. If it takes place, it will be the first MLB game ever played in Iowa.
by Brad Park - Sports Turf Research and Education Coordinator, Rutgers University
An infrequently addressed problem involves the lack of trained sports field managers at the school and municipal level—sectors of the turf industry that comprise the vast majority of sports field acreage and are used by athletes of all ages and skill levels.