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Based on all the comments from folks in Taiwan and Panama the ground crews have done a wonderful job with the renovations and field maintenance operations of Rod Carew Stadium, Panama and New Taipei City Stadium, Taipei. In Taiwan they renovated all the mounds added 50 tons of clay to the infield and overseeded.. At Rod Carew a totally new field was constructed as the old one had become slow to drain. The Zoysia turf at Rod Carew is only 3 weeks old. But holding up ok.
Great job to the guys in both sites.
New Taipei City stadium also known as Xinzhuang stadium is preparing for the WBC qualifier. New pitching mounds and bullpens along with new grass and a renovated infield surface will provide an improved playing surface. The ballpark is familiar to big events it has recently Hosted the MLB All Star Tour and past World Baseball Cup tournaments. A smaller ballpark that seats about 12500 the venue will also feature some updates in the locker rooms and batting tunnels. Don’t forget to check out the games later this month. They begin November 15th. New Zealand, Taiwan, Thailand and the Philippines. www.worldbaseballclassic.com
Rod Carew Stadium in Panama continues to make progress. Fields and facilities are being upgraded with some major and minor improvements to host the World Baseball Classic. Regensburg received a new infield and Taiwan will be seeing some new mounds and home plates as well as turf upgrades. Even the training sites are planning improvements in Managua, Santiago, Cartagena . These improvements include field clinics and training for the local staffs which establishes a higher field of play surface for the clubs to train there athletes. Its not a surprise that “better fields make better players”.
Plans are well underway on the field and ballpark improvements at the Tokyo dome for the 2013 MLB Opening Series. Teams arrive tomorrow, practice saturday then back to back double headers before the opening games on weds and thursday between the A’s and Mariners . Reconstruction of bullpens, homeplates, mounds, base pits, turf repairs, etc… took place over a 38hour time frame due to the event constraints around the opening series…The guys worked in shifts from the crew but there were a few Yomuri warriors along with the grounds supervisors that worked straight through along with Chad-son an Murray-son. The dome is a slightly pressurized facility that helps support the roof membrane that covers the stadium. Built in 1988 on the old Velodrome site, you can still walk in the outfield and see the track railings. Every time you leave the park your ears pop from the pressure in the building.
This is our 5th time working in the “egg”. The staff has always been great and they recently made a few changes. The head groundskeeper Hoshimoto an his trusty assistant Suzuki retired last year after working 50+ years with yomuri giants and the Tokyo dome . They look like they are both 40! A true inspiration to sportsturf managers around the world. 50 years with one company! Hoshimoto was telling me about the earthquakes and how the dome was swaying last night. What’s cool is they promoted Tamba and Kohike from within showing consistency and loyalty to the young guys on the crew. The Dome is showing its age but at the sametime versatility to be able to host major events throughout the year similar to the rogers centre in toronto.
Going to be a fun event…i really like not having that big tarp to mess with!
2011 was a busy year for STS. All Star GAmes in Taiwan, Panama’s BAseball World Cup, Field reviews and plans in Lagos de Moreno for the Pan Am games. On the homefront we were quite busy with the National MAll, ODP clubs SI Yanks, the Greenjackets etc… Now we prepare for 2012. Already quite a bit rolling with he MLB Opener in Japan and the World Baseball Classic Qualifier.
Gave a fun presentation at the IBAF Congress meeting in Dallas this month. We are working on a draft of the plan we hope to roll out the first of the year after we get approvals from IBAF and MLB.
Hoping everyone has a blessed Christmas. Also Glad to hear most of our troops are heading home from Iraq although there are quite a few still over in Afghanistan. Thoughts and prayers with them and their families.
Taiwan is a small island with 16 baseball stadiums. Some of the parks are Triple A level and could host major baseball events. Couple that with baseball crazed fans and you have a wonderful fun-loving culture of baseball. Today we headed south to play in Taichung after completing a rain shortened game the night before in Zingzuan Stadium, New Taipei City. Photo above are the guys from Zingzuan. great group and a great job buy the youth baseball team.
Many of you know that Taiwan is considered the land of the scooters. There are millions on the road daily outnumbering cars 3 to 1. Well it appears Mr. Morse from the Nationals was inspired and picked up a scooter helmet which he was sporting during BP. These guys are really having fun. It’s a good mix.
Fields are holding up. Infields are soft due to the lack of clay on the island which is requiring extra dragging and watering and rolling etc… but the guys are doing a great job. Greg ( Jones) , Eric and Ryan. Keep it up!
The MLB All Stars arrive this Sunday in Taiwan to play the Chinese Taipei National Team in a 5 game series at 3 ballparks across the country. Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium in Taipei, Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung and Kaohsiung National Stadium in Kaohsiung will each host games. With a practice session on Monday in Zinzhuang and a game on Tuesday we have been pretty busy helping our friends in Taiwan prepare the fields and ballparks for the event. The last All star tour was in Japan , I believe in 2006 and I can’t recall the last MLB All star tour that was in Taiwan however we did play a couple Dodger Games here last year.
The Xinzhuang Baseball has hosted several World Cup Baseball events dating back to when I was here in 2001. They actually had an all clay infield that first series. Coming back in 2007 for the Baseball world Cup they replaced the infield clay with grass and upgraded maintenance etc.. Its an older park better known as Xinzhuang Baseball “Court” in New Taipei City. They also call it Taipei City stadium and seats about 14000.
The Intercontinental Stadium in Taichung is a larger ballpark at about 19000 and has seen numerous Major events. A unique design of an iron sculpture arcs over the stadium. It’s a natural turf field as well with typical 330 distances down the lines and 400 to center but this ballpark plays big. Taichung has 2 other stadiums that are also pretty nice.C Chengcing Stadium in Kaohsiung hosted the Dodgers series last year and is also ongoing some minor upgrades for this event. The largest park of the series at 25000 it will see the final two games of the event. We have had a few guys seasoned vets working the parks helping preparations. Greg Jones from the revolution ballpark is in Taichung, Ryan Woodley from the Staten Island Yankees Ballpark in Kaohsiung and Eric Ogden who helped us with the 2007 World Cup in Europe and Daytona Beach.
Having worked numerous tournaments here in Taiwan the people are crazy about the game . Its going to be a fun event and the country is really excited to see these games.
It’s always great to visit a country that loves baseball. Taiwan is way up on that list. They really love the game. We are looking at a few ballparks in Taiwan for some potential games in the near future. Checked out the stadium in Xingzuan District in New Taipei City. It’s a 11000 seat ballpark with bermuda grass. It was built in 1997 and renovated in 2003 which included removing the all infield clay and installing infield grass. Yesterday we went through intercontinental Stadium in Taichung City. Another nice ballpark with seating for 19000 people and today we are going through Kaohsiung stadium. Its a 20,000+ ballpark where we hosted a game with the L.A. Dodgers in 2010. Great crowd and wonderful but older venue.
Its going to be a busy fall for the Brickman Sportsturf team and our Subs! World Cup tournaments in Panama, Pan American Games in Guadalajara and a potential MLB All Star throughout Asia will keep us rolling pretty hard from September till mid November.