Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Cliffmas and Happy Halladays!

Merry Christmas! I hope everyone reading this post is in the holiday spirit.

For some fun on this great holiday, let's think of baseball names past and present that have christmas ties. Here 5 that come to mind:

1. Matt Holliday
2. George Bell
3. Bob Shepard
4. Chris Carpenter
5. Jesus Alou

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Kenyon College - Swimming in December?

Travels throughout the country leads me to facilities of all shapes and sizes. Even though our goal is to speak about sports turf, I had to post about the site I visited early this week. The Kenyon Athletic Center is impressive. First of all, the 250,000+ sq ft facility has windows all over the facility. In fact, the day I visited there were no lights on. Why? There is so much natural light there is no need for lights. The competition gym (Photo #3) has windows on three sides. When is the last time you saw that many windows in a gym! My tour finished at an extremely unique facility, the swimming pool. (Photos #1 and #2) Have you ever seen a pool this big surrounded by windows! Kenyon has won 31 straight men’s D-III swimming titles. The women have won the last 23 of 27 D-III titles. Wow!

For a link to the Kenyon Athletic Center click HERE
For a link to the Kenyon Men’s Swimming site click HERE
For a link to the Kenyon Women’s Swimming site click HERE

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

How Do They Do That - Volume #1 - Metrodome

Over the life of the SmartTurf blog I will post from time to time under the simple title - "How Do They Do That." Today's topic - the Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN. Early in the AM on Sunday December, 12, 2010 the dome roof deflated due to the weight of the snow. So, the question is, "How does the dome stay inflated?"

Metrodome History - here
Metrodome Vital Stats - here
Image From Inside the Dome - here
The Engineering Behind The Dome - here
TCF Stadium Information (Probable site for Monday's game) - here

More fun topics in the future!

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Monday, December 13, 2010

Brown County Baseball and Softball

I always like to see facilities that "fit in" to their location. A great example of this are the fields at Brown County. These high school fields at located in beautiful Brown County in southern Indiana. As many of you may know, Brown County is famous for it's forests and excellent fall colors. So, the school corporation used materials that are a great match to the site. The dugouts, press boxes, and the concession stand all look like little lodges. This is a first class facility that is worthy of hosting ISHAA tournament events.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Week Ahead

I hope everyone had a great weekend. The J&D Turf crew will be at the OTF tradeshow and conference this week.

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