As part of The Youth Field Makeover Project presented by Orkin, Eason's Crossroads Ballpark in Gates, NC and Thalia/Malibu Rec Association in Virginia Beach have won a contest in which the Tides will renovate their baseball field.
This field makeover will include an upgrade to the playing surface, an improvement to existing dugouts, and pest prevention services courtesy of Orkin. The field renovation is set to take place in mid-April.
Eason's Crossroads received nearly 6,000 votes on the Tides Facebook page to win the contest, narrowly edging out Thalia/Malibu Rec Association in Virginia Beach, 51% to 49%.
Despite Eason's winning the contest, the Tides organization has decided to also renovate Thalia/Malibu Rec Association, with that renovation set to take place this fall.
"We were amazed at the outpouring of support both communities displayed for this contest" said Tides General Manager Joe Gregory. "At the end of the day, it was a no-brainer that we should help renovate each of these incredibly deserving fields."
Since the inaugural renovation in 2012, the Tides have renovated 10 local fields: Ocean View Little League (Norfolk), Smithfield Recreation Association (Smithfield), Bennett's Creek Little League (Suffolk), Phoebus Little League (Hampton), Shore Little League (Nassawadox), Cradock Little League (Portsmouth), Little Creek National (Norfolk), Gloucester Youth Baseball (Gloucester), Surry County Pony Baseball (Surry) and Deer Park Youth Field (Newport News).
The project is made possible thanks to the Tides Youth Baseball Fund, a program established by the Tides in 1990 as a way to raise money for youth baseball and softball programs in Hampton Roads. In addition to assisting with field renovations, the Youth Baseball Fund also helps local teams and leagues with travel expenses. The Youth Baseball Fund is partially financed by scoreboard announcements at Harbor Park throughout the season, and those wishing to make a donation directly to the Youth Baseball Fund can do so via norfolkides.com under the "community" section.
The Tides will open the regular season on Friday, April 6th with a 7:05 p.m. contest vs. Gwinnett. Season tickets, group tickets, picnics and patios are currently available for the 2018 season. For pricing and additional information, visit the Harbor Park box office, call (757) 622-2222 or visit NorfolkTides.com.
For more information about Orkin's pest control services, visit Orkin.com.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.