Industry-leading landscape and snow services company create baseball field for special game, tribute to military
BrightView teams at Fort Bragg in North Carolina are working with Major League Baseball to build a “Field of Dreams” as a tribute to the U.S. military. The project is unlike any other in professional sports.
The field, which has been installed to MLB’s exacting specifications, will host a regular season game July 3 between the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins. More than 12,000 service members, veterans, and their families will attend the historic game. The Fort Bragg Game is billed as the first professional sports contest ever to be hosted on an active military base.
The field is being constructed by BrightView Development teams under the guidance of BrightView Sports Turf President Murray Cook. The team broke ground March 1 and has been working ever since to meet all of the MLB’s requirements. The game will be televised by ESPN as part of their “Sunday Night Baseball” series.
“Our team has the field in great shape,” Cook said. “It has been an honor assisting the MLB in creating something that honors not only the soldiers of Fort Bragg, but all men and women in uniform.”
In the days following the game, the BrightView team will begin removing all temporary structures and review plans to transform the grounds into a softball field for the Fort Bragg community. To complete the second phase, Fort Bragg plans to transform the area and build three additional softball fields and nine youth multipurpose fields for the community's recreational leagues.
The game will broadcast nationally on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, ESPN Radio, and MLB.TV at 8 p.m. EST, on Sunday, July 3.
Click here to view a time-lapse video of the field’s construction.
Click here to read more and hear about ballpark science from BrightView’s Chad Olsen.
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