Scope of Work:
Miller Park boasts the only fan-shaped retractable roof in North America, and is one of the few Major League Baseball parks with retractable roofs and natural grass fields. The convertible roof ensures perfect climate conditions for games, but the total or partial shading from the roof contributed significantly to inconsistent growth in the outfield turf. The condition of the thatch layer and organic build-up between the grass and soil surface sparked concerns regarding footing, ball bounce, and ball roll, and the field was scheduled for replacement after the 2008 National League Championship Series.
FIELDS removed the existing turf and organic matter layer, and installed additional USGA growing medium. It then performed specific and detailed laser grading as directed by the Brewers’ groundskeeper.
FIELDS designed modified irrigation zones in order to maintain adequate moisture levels in all areas of the warning track, whether they were in full sun or in the shade. It then installed additional warning track material and laser graded the track.
FIELDS completed the project with the installation of the new bluegrass turf grown specifically to suit the needs of this unique venue. The playing surface was ready for Opening Day of 2009.