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The 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto will finish up this weekend at the President’s Choice Ballpark in Ajax, Ontario. It started July 6th with practices and ends July 26th. For the first time they have both men and women’s baseball/softball competitions. We have witnessed some tremendous games played on some pretty nice fields maintained by some really awesome people. The “people” are town of Ajax staff, TO2015 competition staff and volunteers and that’s what makes these events so special. Everyone working together! The volunteers are really special and range in age from 17-70. Starting early in the am helping with all the field duties from pulling the big tarp to dragging the hose around because they want to be a part of the games. They work just as hard as everyone else and love just being at the ballpark! The heart of a volunteer is HUGE! We couldn’t have done it without them. Thanks Jack and Randy for bringing them together!
On the sport side, Team Canada took the Gold medal in men’s baseball and USA won Silver with Cuba winning Bronze. Women’s baseball is wrapping up this weekend which is looking like another Canada vs. USA showdown. Same with USA women’s softball who are 5-0 going into the medal rounds this weekend.
The complex is composed of 2 natural bluegrass baseball fields and 4 natural grass softball fields. One baseball field was existing and was totally reconstructed with new dugouts and bullpens. The premier field was a soccer pitch which was transitioned in an overlay process to be the main stadium this past spring. It will remain a baseball field as a legacy to the event. I don’t foresee the town ever turning it back into a soccer field after seeing team Canada win the gold medal on the field and plant a “Toonie” at 2nd base.!!! (That’s what Canadian teams do when they when big games. I’ve seen it before. They run to a grassy area and dig up a piece of grass and push the 2 dollar coin into the soil for…luck.) At softball we had 1 premier field, 1 competition and 1 practice field. The 4th field was used for staging of locker rooms. These fields were upgraded with a few bells and whistles for the games as well. We had a good time working with the town staff with training etc…before the games.
As for how the fields were designed and built, we pretty much used every baseball field product from every distributor in America and Canada on this project. We had 3 or 4 different soil conditioners. 3 different clay’s A couple different tarps. All kinds of equipment and materials. We could’ve had a trade show!!! The photo above says it all, great crew and staff. Our guys Eric, chad and Joe were amazing as usual but the Competition team and overlay team made it work. Thanks to Bob O. for the vision and congrats to Canada on winning the Gold medal!
All in all a successful event…eh!
Sad to see some teams not make it to the second round of these tournaments but you know what they say. Thats baseball! You never know. I was in Lagos De Moreno yesterday checking on progress at the Pan American stadium for the next tournament. ( photo below) They still have some work to do. In Toronto last friday checking on 2015 sites for the Pan am games. And then back to Panama today.
Rico Cedeno stadium in Chitre has USA and Cuba going at it tonight while Ven vs Pan at Omar Torrijos stadium in Santiago. Looks like Panama has opened that one up. Giving Rodney Carew stadium in Panama a couple of day rest from heavy use will help us for the final 6 games. It’s ironic that our two rainouts have been USA games…but they were more like flood outs. Ryan Woodley provided some photos of his work down at Chitre. actually a combination of several guys work. Ballpark is holding up well. Thanks again to Tracy and Chad kropff for coming down to help out.