Double the fun at Wrigley Field (August 26, 2015)
There’s so much happening at Wrigley field and we have a great Outta the Park interview with Justin Spillman (Head Groundskeeper, Chicago Cubs) and Roger Baird (Facilities Asst. Dir. and Frmr Head Groundskeeper, Chicago Cubs) about managing the field during all the chaos that is construction – both on the field and in the stands, all these changes have an effect on the Grounds Crew’s work. We talk to Roger about the change over to a sand-based root zone from a soil-based root zone and find out that Justin has some great insight there as well since he was a member of the field construction crew. Both guys have a great perspective on the past and the future of the field and Wrigley in general – the excitement for the changes is palpable in the air around Chi-town.
In our Turf Maintenance segment we take a closer look at what groundskeepers do to “clean up” after summer baseball and softball as how things are different for folks who are now turning an eye to fall-ball (baseball, football or soccer). Specifically, we found we have more questions than answers when thinking about football and soccer.
Do you manage football and/or soccer fields in the fall? We’d love your input! Tell us all about your cultivation, fertilization and traffic management practices at the bottom of this page in the comments or email us
Finally, we round out the show with a High/Low where Paul and Theresa more closely look at the differences in water management and budgeting that come with working on a soil root zone vs a sand-based root zone.
Segments: Turf Maintenance, Outta the Park, High/Low
Guests: Justin Spillman, Head Groundskeeper for the Chicago Cubs and Roger Baird, Facilities Asst. Dir./Frmr Head Groundskeeper for the Chicago Cubs)
▶ Turf Maintenance:
– NCSU Turffiles information on Pythium
– Purdue University information on Pythium including fungicide options and descriptions
– Iowa State University, Dr. Minner’s Generic Maintenance Program for Football
– Kansas State University Football Maintenance Guide for Tall Fescue
– Kansas State University Football Maintenance Guide for Bermudagrass
– University of Tennessee Amazing Guide for Bermudagrass Athletic Field Maintenance
– Comprehensive list of Dr. Powell’s Turf Guides from the University of Kentucky
– University of Kentucky, Excellent and Detailed Fertilization Guide for Overseeded Bermudagrass Fall or Spring use Athletic Fields
– University of Kentucky Guide to Overseeding Bermudagrass – older information but still very good
▶ Outta the Park: Cubs Grounds Crew Singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame
▶ Paul’s Visit to Wrigley
This picture is a view from the press box at Wrigley. During the 2016-17 and 2017-18 off-seasons, the concrete deckings of the seating bowl on both the upper and lower decks will be totally removed and replaced
Shows the 2 new video boards in left and right field while the manual scoreboard stays intact and functional in center field. The outfield bleachers were reconstructed last winter and expanded outward towards both Waveland Ave on the LF side and Sheffield Ave on the RF side of the ballpark. All of the brick behind the ivy on the outfield wall is to be replaced this winter but the ivy will be pulled back and then reattached in the spring before Opening Day 2016.
This is the “Groundskeeper House “ that was built onto the outside of Wrigley Field on the 3rd base/LF side of the ball park to house the Head Groundskeeper. It was built in the nineteen teens, it had six rooms. It has been moved around but is to be put back into it’s original place. The home had 6 rooms. Surprisingly, when tested for lead paint recently for the renovation, the test results came back negative. The glowing red brick looks fake but is very real.
Looking at the third base side exterior of Wrigley Field along Clark Street. Towering upwards from street level is the skeleton of the future offices for the ballclub. When finished, they will rise 6 stories high. The Cubs clubhouse will be below these offices, underground.
Shows a view down into the new Cubs locker room being constructed. It is underground outside of the 3rd base side of Wrigley Field. It will be the 2nd largest clubhouse in MLB at the smallest ballpark. On top of the clubhouse at ground level will be a large grassy field for public events held by the Cubs.