Parkview Field goes green

Grounds crew dyes field to kick-start growth

Parkview Field looks much greener after an application of turf dye. (Dan Watson)

By Dan Watson / Fort Wayne TinCaps | March 16, 2011 11:35 AM ET

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The TinCaps helped jump-start Fort Wayne area St. Patrick's Day festivities on Wednesday by painting Parkview Field green - literally. The grounds crew sprayed green turf dye on the field to help get it ready for Opening Day.

The dye is used for more than just a cosmetic effect. It stimulates warmer soil temperatures and early spring growth.

"Having done this procedure before, it's fun to watch turf seemingly come to life before your eyes," TinCaps head groundskeeper Keith Winter said. "By the time the whole field is painted, it really looks like it is ready for a baseball game."

Winter and assistant groundskeeper Rob Dworkin will applied the dye Wednesday at around 2 p.m. In the next three weeks, they will continue to prepare the playing surface for Opening Day, set for April 7.

Tickets, group outings and picnics for the TinCaps' 2011 season are on sale now. Visit the tickets page or call (260) 482-6400 for more information.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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