|THE ISSUE: The Lake Erie Crushers, the newest expansion team in the Frontier League, sought an elite playing field for the team and selected Sports Construction Group for the project. The stadium would also be the home of the Cleveland State University Vikings (photo slide show). In addition, the field was to host other revenue-producing events such as concerts and thus required a highly durable surface.
THE JOB: SCG installed its SCG Signature, a 40 oz. synthetic turf, which was chosen for several reasons, including its high durability to withstand the harsh Northeast Ohio weather and other events besides baseball. In addition, the synthetic turf would help reduce rainouts and maintenance costs – important benefits, particularly in the minor leagues. Plus, SCG provided its unmatched 8x8 Insured Warranty, which covers both the sub base and turf for eight years. Construction was completed on time and on budget, despite an extremely rainy and windy spring.
THE RESULTS: The Crushers wrapped up their inaugural season on their new field in spectacular fashion with a 13-10 victory over River City to win the five-game Frontier League championship series three games to two.
Avon Mayor Jim Smith said in The Morning Journal that "For a little more (than a grass field), we got a turf field. When you have regular grass, you can use it about 60 to 70 times a year before the grass starts to burn out. This way, you get 100 to 120 uses without burning the grass out. It doubles the ability to use the field."