Beavers Field is getting a makeover.
After 174 games on his field this year, Al Beavers decided the infield needed a change.
“It’s almost impossible to keep an all-grass surface,” Beavers said. “I put new sod down in August, and it just didn’t take.”
The solution was synthetic turf — a durable, artificial grass surface. Beavers is having 28,000 square feet installed on his infield and around home plate. It will be green where normal grass would be and will extend all the way to the backstop, which will be brown. Beavers also is having a large beaver logo put in behind home plate.
The outfield will remain natural grass, and Beavers said the new infield will be complete by the first week of November.
“It just seemed like a no-brainer,” Beavers said. “It’s gonna be very nice, and I think people will appreciate it.”
Beavers said he expects to be able to host more than 200 games per year with the new infield surface. He will not have to worry about much maintenance, and rainouts could become nonexistent. Beavers said he will have a drainage system capable of draining 10 inches of rain per hour, and as long as there is no rain at the start of a game, weather never should be a problem.
The field played host to Division III and IV district tournament games in the spring, and Beavers said the new surface might make his field appealing for more high school playoff games.
Canadian company FieldTurf is installing the surface, and it already has completed more than 3,000. Beavers did not want to say how much the surface costs, but he said he should save enough money to make up the difference in five years.
Beavers said he spends about $10,000 per year on infield upkeep, all of which he no longer will need with the new surface.
“All I’ll have to do now is limit sunflower seeds and nuts on the field,” Beavers joked.