New Las Vegas Aviators Stadium Wins Ballpark of the Year Award
Field built by BrightView Sports Turf
The Las Vegas Aviators, AAA affiliate of the Oakland A’s, leads Minor League Baseball in ticket sales in 2019 and now has a new title: The 2019 winner of BaseballParks.com’s Ballpark of the Year.
The BaseballParks.com annual award, now in its 20th year, presents this award to new or remodeled baseball stadiums that showcase site, exterior appearance, architectural design, and fan amenities.
BrightView Holdings, Inc. (“BrightView”) (NYSE: BV) has been providing services for the Las Vegas Pacific Coast League team, formerly known as the 51s, for several years, so when the new stadium was announced, the company was approached about submitting a bid to construct and manage the field.
The new, state-of-the-art stadium was unveiled April 9 for the team’s home opener against the Sacramento River Cats. The $150 million stadium features a swimming pool in the right center field bleachers, celebrity chefs at concession stand grills, an almost 4,000-square-foot videoboard, and more.
“We were involved quite a bit in the planning of the ballfield,” said Murray Cook, President of BrightView Sports Turf. “We had our hands in the design, field construction, and we continue to provide maintenance of the field.”
The 10,000-seat stadium replaced the 51s’ old home, Cashman Field. To help fans with the desert heat, the seats are made of mesh. The heat also played into BrightView’s turf-grass variety choices of the field, opting for Bandera Bermuda which thrives in the hot summer weather.
“The playing surface that BrightView designed and maintains is spectacular and plays an important part in making the Las Vegas Aviators stadium the 2019 Ballpark of the Year,” says Joe Mock, owner of BaseballParks.com.
The Las Vegas ballpark faced competition for the award with six new parks opening in 2019, the largest number in the past decade.
“The stadium is breathtaking and well deserving of this prestigious award,” said Murray. “We are proud be a small part of this awesome project and the Aviators ballpark operations team.”
A special project like this is nothing new for BrightView. The company was tasked with build ballfield in Iowa cornfield to help the MLB bring the Field of Dreams to life. Other notable projects include converting historic Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pa. from a minor-league field up to major-league standards for the Little League Classic in 2017. Also included in the list is the 2016 Fort Bragg Game, where a temporary stadium was built for a special game honoring military service members, veterans, and their families.
Read more about the award on Baseballparks.com.
BrightView is the largest provider of commercial landscaping services in the United States. Through its team of approximately 20,000 employees, BrightView provides services ranging from landscape maintenance and enhancements to tree care and landscape development for thousands of customers’ properties, including corporate and commercial properties, HOAs, public parks, hotels and resorts, hospitals and other healthcare facilities, educational institutions, restaurants and retail, and golf courses, among others. BrightView is the Official Field Consultant to Major League Baseball.
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