Field Notes: AT&T Park, Home of the San Francisco Giants

As you're sprucing up your lawn this spring, baseball grounds crews are getting their turf in tiptop shape. Don't miss these great photos, fun facts and insider tips from some of the country's most popular ballparks.
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AT&T Park, San Francisco

Check out these photos and learn about what goes on behind the scenes at AT&T Park. And don't forget to vote for San Francisco on our "Pin Your Turf" Pinterest board.
Here are some team facts:
-Catcher Buster Posey is the reigning National League MVP.
-AT&T Park played host to the World Series in both 2010 and 2012.
-On June 13, 2012, the Giants' Matt Cain pitched the 22nd perfect game in MLB history and the first in Giants' franchise history.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Q: How many people serve on the grounds crew of San Francisco's AT&T Park?
A: The grounds crew consists of: director of field operations, manager of field operations, assistant groundskeeper, three turf crew leads and 30 turf-crew members.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Q: Who designs the turf patterns and how are they created? Are there custom patterns for special games or occasions?
A: The grounds crew at San Francisco's ballpark follows a "no pattern" approach — an all-green look to be reminiscent of old-time baseball. Patterns are typically only used for events like the MLB All-Star Game or World Baseball Classic.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Q: How often is the grass on the field mowed during the season?
A: The field is mowed every day when the team is in town, and every other day while the team is on the road.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Q: How is the field surface constructed, and are there special or "hidden" features to help manage irrigation or maintenance?
A: The Giants field uses a base layer of pea gravel, then 12 inches of USGA-specified sand then the sod layer. A special SubAir system connects to the drainage system and can pressurize the field to cool it down and vacuum the field during rain situations. Toro field sensors, connected to the SubAir system, monitor moisture, temperature and salinity. Future plans include connecting those systems to the automated-irrigation clock.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Q: How are lines, logos and other decorations applied to the field? What kinds of paints are used?
A: All logos are made using a stencil. The image is first "dotted out," then the lines are connected. The designs employ a water-based paint that has been specially created to be painted on grass.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Q: What type of grass is used for the field's turf?
A: The turf in the Giants' ballpark is Perennial Ryegrass over-seeded into Bermuda grass.
Q: Are there any special weather challenges?
A: San Francisco weather tends to be consistent year round, with heavier rain from January through the beginning of April.

AT&T Park, San Francisco

Q: What steps go into making the field game-ready?
A: The San Francisco crew follows a "70/30" philosophy, dividing up the concentrations of work depending on whether the team is at home or on the road. When the Giants are in town, 70 percent of time and effort is spent working the clayed surfaces and 30 percent maintaining the grass. When the team is on the road, the percentages are reversed, with 30 percent effort spent on the clayed surfaces and 70 percent on the grass.
Learn more about the Giants at SFGiants.com or check out the next ballpark: Minnesota Twins' Target Field.