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Opening Night Field Design

The Indianapolis Indians are offering fans a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be involved with Opening Night, through online voting of their favorite field design pattern at Victory Field. The winning pattern will be mowed onto the playing surface when the Tribe faces the Columbus Clippers in their 2013 home opener on Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m.

Voting for the Opening Night field design has concluded.

1. Cell Cut

Embodying the saying "sometimes less is more," the Cell Cut, which was made famous by Chicago White Sox Head Groundskeeper Roger Bossard, is a very simple yet consistent pattern. The mow design takes little time to craft and allows the grounds crew to spend more time on other parts of the ballpark.


2. Checkered Cut

A namesake pattern at Victory Field, the Checkered Cut is a basic pattern that ensures a consistent cut throughout the ballpark via mowing in two directions. The even height of the field's grass also provides a consistent ball roll for the players on the diamond.


3. Diamond Cut

The Diamond Cut is a slight variation of the checkered pattern and is a Victory Field Groundskeeper's favorite. The mow lines flow towards the left and right fielder, creating a flawless ball roll and an attractive yet simple look.



4. Phillies Cut

As the name implies, the Phillies Cut is a grounds design frequently utilized by Citizens Bank Park of the Philadelphia Phillies. This cut will provide a challenge for the Victory Field Groundskeepers, as it requires the use of both John Deere mowers to create a checkered outfield as well as a unique design on the infield.