Alex Box Stadium named Sports Field of the Year

FROM CBB NEWS SOURCE

AlexBoxStadium BATON ROUGE — The baseball playing surface at LSU’s Alex Box Stadium has been named 2009 "Sports Field of the Year" by the American Sports Builders Association.

The ASBA administers an awards program each year in order to promote the highest standards of construction excellence.

The Alex Box Stadium field was designed by the landscape architecture firm Jeffrey L. Bruce & Company of Kansas City, Mo. , and the natural grass surface is maintained by the LSU Athletic Department’s turf management staff.

"Once a field is designed and installed, it’s necessary to have a highly competent and dedicated groundskeeping staff to maintain it every day," said LSU coach Paul Mainieri. "We’re very fortunate to have a group of individuals that work tirelessly to ensure we have a field that stays in superb condition. This is a well-deserved honor for our turf management staff."

The staff is supervised by Ronnie Haliburton, LSU Assistant Athletic Director for Buildings and Grounds, and Todd Jeansonne, Assistant Director for Athletic Buildings and Grounds.

The expert groundskeeping crew includes Eric Fasbender, Jonathan Garrett and Michael Watson.

The crew has worked diligently to prepare the Alex Box Stadium surface for the 2010 season, which begins at 7 p.m. on February 19 when the Tigers play host to Centenary.