Wade Stadium Ready for Baseball Season
After Undergoing Many Renovations, the New Turf is Ready for Play
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Friday is the first official day of spring, and that means that baseball season is soon approaching.
This spring Wade Stadium will look quite different than last.
On a brand new turf, the St. Scholastica Saints took the field Tuesday for their first home practice.
The team is the first to take grounders, catch fly balls, and take batting practice in the newly renovated Wade Stadium.
Also new this spring is the padding on the outfield walls, a state of the art scoreboard, and the light posts have been moved to better light the field for both the players and the fans.
A new drainage system has also been installed underground, which will increase the field’s usability, as maintenance of the turf is much easier and less expensive than real grass.
“Given the fact that this was just old clay soil in the past, when it would rain, not only were games delayed, or even canceled that day, they would also be postponed for several days beyond the actual rain event,” explained Daniel Fanning, Communications and Policy Director for the City of Duluth. “Now it’s a matter of hours instead of a matter of days.”
The city of Duluth and the state each invested $2.3 million into the renovation, which has already created temporary jobs, and will likely create full-time jobs in the future.
The pitcher’s mound and bullpen mounds will be installed Wednesday, and then it’s time to play ball.
Home of the CSS Saints, the Duluth Huskies, and the Denfeld Hunters, the new field is the only baseball stadium with turf in the state of Minnesota north of The Cities.
Opening day is not far away.
The Saints first official game on the new turf is Wednesday, March 25th, as the Saints host UWS at 4 PM.