***Vols finally announce turf at Lindsey Nelson Stadium***

***Vols finally announce turf at Lindsey Nelson Stadium***

  • The world's worst kept secret is now official, turf is going down at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

    Press release from Tennessee this morning:

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee baseball program is embarking on its first major stadium project since 2010 with the conversion of Lindsey Nelson Stadium's grass field to artificial turf.

    The project will not only help the Vols' baseball program but the community as a whole, with the City of Knoxville and the surrounding community both set to benefit from the new field.
    Tennessee will now be able to host a series of tournaments that will positively affect commerce, bringing more people to campus and Knoxville. Additionally, the ability to host camps without compromising the playing field will allow the staff to form closer relationships with the baseball community and others around the state of Tennessee. More community service activities and alumni events will now be able to take place on the field as well.

    "We're committed to maintaining first-class facilities at Tennessee, and this project gets us off to a great start at Lindsey Nelson Stadium," Tennessee Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. "We made this decision with player development in mind. Converting the field from natural grass to an artificial surface gives (head coach Tony) Vitello and his staff more flexibility in terms of when they can practice and how they can practice.

    "It also expands the calendar in terms of scheduling games and camps. Getting greater, year-round use from the facility was also something we desired. We expect this new surface to open up new opportunities for youth baseball events, community service and beyond, strengthening the Knoxville community's bond with Lindsey Nelson Stadium and Tennessee Baseball."

    Carolina Green is currently performing the work on Robert M. Lindsay Field. The 126,000 square-foot surface that will be installed is a product of FieldTurf, which is the industry leader in artificial turf. FieldTurf's primary manufacturing facility is located in nearby Calhoun, Georgia.
    "The field is at the centerpiece of this 2018-19 project," Vitello said. "But upgrades and work will also be done on the home bullpen area, our batting cages and the players' locker room."

    Over the last year, the team clubhouse and weight room saw updates as well.

    "I consider myself a traditionalist, but player development and building a winning program is more important than any personal preference. All evidence points to this surface being a key component of accomplishing those two major goals."

    "Coach Fulmer has spent a great deal of time and energy in an effort to make sure every sport here at UT is seen as important and takes winning championships very seriously," Vitello said. "Our student-athletes are incredibly fortunate to immediately benefit from these actions that support that philosophy. Our administration's belief in our staff and our program prior to seeing results will be something that will go a long way for us."

    The playing surface and facility upgrades are scheduled to be completed prior to the Vols' season opener versus Appalachian State on Feb. 15, 2019.

  • Discussion
  • How does everyone feel about this? I never got to play baseball on turf? I hated playing on it in football.

  • allen3113 said... (original post)

    How does everyone feel about this? I never got to play baseball on turf? I hated playing on it in football.

    Considering our field problems(though it seems much better now) we should probably go turf in Neyland

  • allen3113 said... (original post)

    How does everyone feel about this? I never got to play baseball on turf? I hated playing on it in football.

    I hate the idea of it, but the recruiting element of it makes a lot of sense. That’s an angle I hadn’t previously thought about. Having tournaments on our own field would definitely be more feasible.

  • bwoods said... (original post)

    Considering our field problems(though it seems much better now) we should probably go turf in Neyland

    I think the last 2 years we’ve gotten it squared away. Don’t want to see us go the way of turf in football. I’d rather us stop trying to make Bermuda grass happen in this climate and go with a grass more capable of lasting in a colder climate like what Northwestern or Michigan State has then go to turf.

    But like I said it seems whatever the issue was, we’ve gotten it squared away.

  • bwoods said... (original post)

    Considering our field problems(though it seems much better now) we should probably go turf in Neyland


    Never again!

  • allen3113 said... (original post)

    How does everyone feel about this? I never got to play baseball on turf? I hated playing on it in football.

    I’m sure the dirt parts of the field will just be reddish/orange paint instead.......that’s what bothers me most about it for baseball. The TB Rays do it right with real dirt where real dirt is supposed to be .....but the fake stuff eliminates most rain outs

  • gordo865 said... (original post)

    I think the last 2 years we’ve gotten it squared away. Don’t want to see us go the way of turf in football. I’d rather us stop trying to make Bermuda grass happen in this climate and go with a grass more capable of lasting in a colder climate like what Northwestern or Michigan State has then go to turf.

    But like I said it seems whatever the issue was, we’ve gotten it squared away.

    It's not that simple. We are in a transitional area, not a cold weather climate. So the grass they use up north won't be as effective here as it is there, just like Bermuda is not as effective here as in Florida. Field looked really good this year. So it looks like they figured it out.

  • allen3113 said... (original post)

    How does everyone feel about this? I never got to play baseball on turf? I hated playing on it in football.

    I don't love it but I do understand it.

    Many programs in this climate region (especially Vanderbilt and Louisville) have switched to turf fields, and that's given them more year-round access to the facilities, and I think that's been a big help for both programs. It also allows you to host more youth tournaments and camps and showcases without worrying about the field.

    I'm a grass purist for baseball, but I see the tangible benefits to programs like Tennessee switching.

  • bwoods said... (original post)

    Considering our field problems(though it seems much better now) we should probably go turf in Neyland

    Butch gets censoredcanned and, all of the sudden, grass starts growing better in Neyland. Coincidence?

    This post was edited by Ryan Callahan 2 years ago

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  • Turf is so advanced and so much better these days, I’d be fine with it in Neyland myself. But as long as they keep better grass condition there I’m fine with that as well.

    Agree with above though that I’d rather see natural dirt in the dirt areas, for sure.

  • StallionVol said... (original post)

    Turf is so advanced and so much better these days, I’d be fine with it in Neyland myself. But as long as they keep better grass condition there I’m fine with that as well.

    Agree with above though that I’d rather see natural dirt in the dirt areas, for sure.

    Yeah, we're not talking about the Astro turf back in the day. I'd be fine with field turf in Neyland. I think it makes things look much neater, more crisp.

    This post was edited by RDVOL 2 years ago

  • Devil Dog Vol said... (original post)

    Butch gets shitcanned and, all of the sudden, grass starts growing better in Neyland. Coincidence?

    Should've grown better with the censored Butch put on the field. Just sayin'!

    This post was edited by Ryan Callahan 2 years ago

  • The one school that would probably face the most backlash for going to field turf in football is Notre Dame. They did it.

  • I always prefer (John Ward voice) natural grass.

    That being said, that press release did a great job of convincing me this is the right move. I never thought about half of those benefits before.