Synthetic Turf Baseball – U of Central Missouri!


The new University of Central Missouri synthetic turf baseball installation is moving along rapidly and looking fantastic! Sports Construction Management is handling the Astroturf baseball product install and the field is now nearing completion. Congratulations and Go Mules!

SCM is the leader in synthetic turf baseball installations and SCM’s Astroturf installed baseball fields list includes: Vanderbilt University, Indiana University, Oklahoma University, Wichita State University, University of Delaware, West Virginia University, University of Iowa, Harford CC and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Complex.

More information from the Kansas City Star (10/26/2015)

Jim Crane, owner of the Houston Astros on Monday announced that as a gift to his alma mater he would upgrade the baseball field at the University of Central Missouri where he once played the game.

At a a press conference at the UCM stadium which bears Crane’s name, the Major League Baseball team owner said the Mule’s ball field would get a new synthetic turf playing surface. Crane had committed the gift on a visit to the Warrensburg campus earlier in the month while in town to watch the Astros play the Kansas City Royals in the MLB postseason.

“The bond between a player and a coach and the appreciation of an alumnus in their university is again evident in the support that Jim Crane has provided to the University of Central Missouri and our baseball program,” UCM President Chuck Ambrose, said in a statement.

“We really appreciate the dedication of Jim Crane …” said Jerry Hughes, UCM director of intercollegiate athletics. “His generous giving attitude will never let him forget where he came from.”

University officials said that a new synthetic playing surface will make the field playable when it otherwise might not be due to inclement weather. Also the new surface will reduce the amount of maintenance needed on the field.

UCM’s stadium originally opened in 1976 and was called Mules’ Field.

James R. Crane Stadium which is located at Robert N. Tompkins Field was renovated — new locker rooms, coaches’ offices, dugouts, permanent seats, an umpire’s dressing room, a concession stand, a press box, and lights — in the spring of 1998 with funding from Crane.

Mid-America Sports Construction in Lee’s Summit is scheduled to complete the new field in time for the Mules’ first home baseball game of the 2016 season.
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