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With the opening of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches approaching, Curly W Live will give fans updates, highlights and important information regarding the state-of-the-art facility.
For today’s post, we are discussing one of the most important parts to building a baseball facility: grass!
The process of building a baseball field is a detailed project that requires many hands on deck. From laser-grading to precise layers of gravel, sand, scientifically blended soils and infield mix along with irrigation and drainage, it is a fully measured task.
The 13 full fields and two half fields currently being constructed at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches are already taking on both shape and color.
The fields will be a unique species of grass called Paspalum TE. This southern grass is common on Florida golf courses, and also serves as the playing turf at the Astros’ Minute Maid Park and Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. All of the practice fields in Palm Beach will go through the “grow-in” process, which occurs through a sprig program that will grow into a plush playing surface over the course of 6-8 weeks. The stadium field will feature rolled sod and transform into a beautiful playing surface in a matter of just a few short weeks.
Progress will continue daily across 160 acres of the facility complex in preparation for spring training. Stay tuned for upcoming information on season tickets and all the reasons you need to visit West Palm Beach, Florida for Nationals baseball.
With the opening of The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches approaching next year, Curly W Live will be giving fans updates on the progress of the 160-acre property. Be on the lookout for highlights and special features about the new facility, and other important information fans should know about the Nationals’ new home in West Palm Beach, Florida.
Today’s post previews the array of exciting amenities that will be found at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
First, the walk-around concourse will allow fans to move throughout the ballpark while always being able to have an eye on the field.
An assortment of concessions and portable stands will offer many tempting food and drink options. At the Left Field Bar, fans 21 and older will be able to enjoy a beverage and view the games on televisions.
The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will feature a premier seating section just beyond the first base dugout. This section will offer 68 seats with food and drink service, a great place to kick back and enjoy the games!
The new park will also feature six suites and two party decks, located on the third level. Both fans and businesses can rent the suites, filled with Florida-style indoor and outdoor furniture. The suites will include tri-fold doors, which when opened, mimic the feeling of walking out onto your private patio. The Party Decks will offer an all-you-can-eat menu, a personal bar and scenic view of the complex.
We look forward to welcoming fans to our new home for spring training, and hope you will enjoy seeing all of its new features!
The Washington Nationals broadcast partners, the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) and 106.7 The Fan, will broadcast a total of 14 Nationals Spring Training games throughout the weeks leading up to the start of the 2015 regular season.
The Nationals 2015 Grapefruit League schedule features seven games televised by MASN and a combined 10 games airing on 106.7 The Fan, and partner station CBS Sports Radio 1580 AM.
Here’s the full broadcast schedule:
NATIONALS 2015 SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE*
|3/7||vs. STL||1:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||MASN / 1580AM|
|3/8||@ NYY||1:05 p.m.||Tampa, FL||106.7 The Fan|
|3/9||vs. ATL||1:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||MASN|
|3/10||@ MIA||1:05 p.m.||Jupiter, FL||1580AM|
|3/11||vs. DET||1:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||MASN|
|3/16||vs. HOU||1:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||MASN|
|3/19||vs. DET||1:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||1580 AM|
|3/21||vs. MIA||1:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||1580AM|
|3/22||@ DET||1:05 p.m.||Lakeland, FL||1580AM|
|3/23||vs. NYY||1:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||MASN / 1580AM|
|3/25||@STL||1:05 p.m.||Jupiter, FL||1580AM|
|3/26||vs. NYM||5:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||MASN|
|3/27||vs. STL||1:05 p.m.||VIERA, FL||1580AM|
|4/4||vs. NYY||1:05 p.m.||WASHINGTON, DC||MASN/ 106.7 The Fan|
* Subject to change
Dear Nationals Fans:
Thank you for making our home yours, for bringing NATITUDE to Nationals Park day in and day out, for making this our third straight year of increased attendance, and for establishing the Nation’s Capital as one of the greatest baseball cities in America.
On the field, we saw many first-rate performances this year and expect to spend the offseason getting even better. We are very excited about our new manager Matt Williams. Not only does he bring an impressive wealth of knowledge and on-field experience to the Nationals dugout, but we think he is the right leader for a team that’s ready to compete for a World Series championship. Matt will partner with President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo in the offseason to make sure our squad is ready for the 2014 campaign. While Mike and his scouts may fine-tune the roster in the next few months, we believe we are already very close to competing for a World Series title as we stand today.
In 2013, the Nationals young pitching staff tossed more innings, produced one of the National League’s winningest pitchers in Jordan Zimmermann, and continued to demonstrate that with starters Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Zimmermann, our pitching corps represents one of the most formidable in the game. Veteran Jayson Werth returned midseason from a hamstring injury to become one of the most dominant hitters in baseball. Ian Desmond, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche continued to show leadership, both on the field and in the clubhouse. Denard Span had an amazing 29-game hitting streak and an error-free year in the field. And young players like Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon made significant statements, in the field and at the plate, that they can be mainstays in the Major Leagues for years to come.
And Nats fans were there to see it all. Our April opener drew the largest regular season crowd in Nationals Park history, while our average attendance improved from even last season’s playoff year, and our broadcast and radio ratings were the highest yet. We are truly seeing our hometown become an ardent baseball city.
In the community, the team and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation were proud to help open the doors for the long-awaited Washington Nationals Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center, and we anticipate hosting our first student athletes on the fields at the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy next Spring. We expect both of these initiatives to have a significant and positive impact on our community for generations to come.
The entire Nationals family is inspired by the intense passion for Major League Baseball and the team that’s growing in the capital area. We believe NATITUDE has made our town an even better community. We look forward to an exciting offseason, and plan to introduce everyone to Matt Williams and show off our talented roster at NatsFest in January. Spring Training won’t be far behind.
Thank you for your support – we believe Opening Day 2014 will be the grandest ever. You won’t want to miss it.
|Theodore N. Lerner||Mark D. Lerner||Edward L. Cohen||Robert K. Tanenbaum|
|Annette M. Lerner||Judy Lenkin Lerner||Debra Lerner Cohen||Marla Lerner Tanenbaum|
Baseball players are creatures of habit. They have to be, by necessity. Success in this sport is defined by consistency, by the ability to produce at a high level continuously over the ups and downs of a six-month grind.
So one can imagine that it might take a while for players to get into their groove upon the beginning of a new campaign. Spring Training is easy – every day is almost the same – a morning workout, usually a mid-day game, and the evening off, with the same bed to sleep in for six weeks. The regular season brings something else entirely.
From the beginning of April until whenever the season comes to an end, the team jets north and south, east and west, zigzagging the country every few days. Most road trips – of which the Nationals will take a dozen during the regular season – include at least two different stops, meaning a new city, a new opponent for which to prepare, a new ballpark, and a new hotel bed.
It’s no wonder it can take a while for players to settle in.
“It usually took me the whole month of April,” recalled Nationals television color man F.P. Santangelo, who played parts of seven big league seasons with the Expos, Giants, Dodgers and Athletics.
For the Nationals, the month of April includes the recently concluded trip to Cincinnati, an upcoming week split between Miami and New York, and a trip to Atlanta and Pittsburgh that rolls into early May. While that is a fair amount of travel, Santangelo pointed out that the Nats lucked out in one regard.
“At least they only have one Opening Day,” he explained, referencing the April 1 opener in D.C. “Sometimes we’d have two or three. You’d have to stand out on the line for a half-hour for introductions. It would take you totally out of your routine.”
Quite often, teams will play in both their own home opener as well as one or more on the road, as Washington did last year in Chicago. The Nationals were spared the extra pomp and circumstance by a quirk in the schedule this year that saw them play three at home, travel to Cincinnati for three, then return again to D.C.
Now behind the mic, Santangelo is still subject to the same schedule as the players. Having played through it during his career, he knows not to invest too much into the highs (like a three-game, opening sweep of the Marlins) or the lows (such as a 15-0 loss to the Reds on Friday) this early in the season.
That’s the beauty of the game – while each individual result stands on its own, the teams that can get into the habit of winning for the long stretches are the ones that get to keep playing in October.