Field Notes: Miller Park, Home of the Milwaukee Brewers

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 baseball parks and stadiums.
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Miller Park, Milwaukee

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Here are some team facts:
-The Brewers recently added starting pitcher Kyle Lohse.
-Bernie Brewer is the team mascot.
-The team is also famous for the "Famous Racing Sausages" mascots.
-The team is known as "The Brew Crew" or just "The Crew."

Miller Park, Milwaukee

Q: How many people serve on the grounds crew of Milwaukee's Miller Park?
A: Miller Park currently has three full-time grounds-staff members: director of grounds, manager of grounds and manager of landscaping. In addition, the Brewers employ approximately 35 seasonal grounds-crew members who work from March through November. On a given day during the season, there are typically seven staff members working on the Miller Park field: five working on the landscaping, and two tending to Helfaer Field, the associated youth baseball facility. For a Brewers game day, there are 11 staff members working.

Miller Park, Milwaukee

Q: What type of grass is used for the field's turf?
A: Miller Park uses Kentucky Bluegrass sod from Graff's Turf Farm in Fort Morgan, Colo. The crew also over-seeds the field with a four-way blend of Kentucky Bluegrasses and a four-way blend of Perennial Ryegrasses.

Miller Park, Milwaukee

Q: What kind of soil is used in the ballpark, and where does it come from?
A: The turf grows in 12 inches of Waupaca Sand sourced from within Wisconsin. The infield mix is four inches of Dura Edge Custom Pro infield mix from Natural Sand Company. The clay material is mined near Slippery Rock, Penn., then shipped to locations around the country to be blended with the exact amount of sand that the groundskeeper specifies. Miller Park's current mix was installed in fall 2012 and consists of 55 percent sand, 20 percent silt and 25 percent clay. The mix was blended and installed by Bush Sports Turf of Milan, Ill. The warning track is crushed lava rock, mined near Antonito, Colo.

Miller Park, Milwaukee

Q: How is the field surface constructed, and are there special or "hidden" features to help manage irrigation or maintenance?
A: The sod layer on top is approximately 3/4 inch thick. The sod rests on top of a 12-inch root-zone profile of 100 percent sand. Below this is a traditional herringbone-style drainage system and irrigation system that cover the entire field. The field does not have a heating or vacuum system.

Miller Park, Milwaukee

Q: What is the general schedule of work that leads up to game day?
On a game day, work typically begins on the field at 7 am. The pitcher's mound and home plate are repaired, the grass is mowed, the warning track is raked free of trash and debris and the infield and the baselines are groomed and watered. After lunch, the warning track and infield dirt are watered again, and all of the batting practice equipment is set up. Batting practice usually begins around 2 or 3pm, and concludes by 6:30. The field is then prepped for the game over the next 25 to 30 minutes.

Miller Park, Milwaukee

Q: How are lines, logos and other decorations applied to the field? What kinds of paints are used?
All of the lines and logos on the field are applied using white athletic field marking paint. No chalk is used. Learn more about the Brewers at brewers.com or check out the next ballpark: O.co Coliseum, home of The Oakland A's.

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