Field installed at Polar Park for the Worcester Red Sox

Field installed at Polar Park for the Worcester Red Sox


Two truckloads of natural Kentucky Blue Grass arrived in Worcester early Tuesday morning to be laid on the field at Polar Park, where the Worcester Red Sox are due to begin playing games next season. Each of the 80 strips of sod was grown at the same farm that has provided sod for Fenway Park since 2005, Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, New Jersey. It was installed by Wrentham-based Sports Turf Specialties, which has handled the sod installation for the Red Sox since 2003. The 42-inch-wide strips were installed in Worcester starting with the infield, then foul territory. Polar Park officials said the outfield sod would be laid last. “We wanted to lay the sod in autumn so that it can ‘take’ well and be ready for the spring,” said Matt McKinnon, longtime Field Superintendent for the Pawtucket Red Sox. “It was always supposed to be green by Halloween.”Beneath the sod, team officials said the field will have a state-of-the-art drainage system, similar to the one installed at Fenway Park. They said it has substantially reduced postponements for the Red Sox since being implemented. The system was pioneered at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, which was created by Larry Lucchino and Janet Marie Smith, who are leading the Polar Park design team.”In Pawtucket, and years ago in Boston, fans were all too often disappointed to find that games were rained out, even though the rain had stopped and sometimes the sun was even shining. The fields just couldn’t bear the rainfall and became flooded. Technology has improved over the last 30 years,” said Lucchino, the WooSox’ Chairman and Principal Owner.

Two truckloads of natural Kentucky Blue Grass arrived in Worcester early Tuesday morning to be laid on the field at Polar Park, where the Worcester Red Sox are due to begin playing games next season.

Each of the 80 strips of sod was grown at the same farm that has provided sod for Fenway Park since 2005, Tuckahoe Turf Farms in Hammonton, New Jersey. It was installed by Wrentham-based Sports Turf Specialties, which has handled the sod installation for the Red Sox since 2003.

The 42-inch-wide strips were installed in Worcester starting with the infield, then foul territory. Polar Park officials said the outfield sod would be laid last.

“We wanted to lay the sod in autumn so that it can ‘take’ well and be ready for the spring,” said Matt McKinnon, longtime Field Superintendent for the Pawtucket Red Sox. “It was always supposed to be green by Halloween.”

Beneath the sod, team officials said the field will have a state-of-the-art drainage system, similar to the one installed at Fenway Park. They said it has substantially reduced postponements for the Red Sox since being implemented.

The system was pioneered at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, which was created by Larry Lucchino and Janet Marie Smith, who are leading the Polar Park design team.

“In Pawtucket, and years ago in Boston, fans were all too often disappointed to find that games were rained out, even though the rain had stopped and sometimes the sun was even shining. The fields just couldn’t bear the rainfall and became flooded. Technology has improved over the last 30 years,” said Lucchino, the WooSox’ Chairman and Principal Owner.

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