Leslie Frazier Field Wins National Award

Trinity International University’s Leslie Frazier Field has been recognized by the Sports Turf Management Association (STMA) as the Collegiate Football Field of the Year.

The STMA presents the award annually to the most excellent playing fields across the nation. Besides recognizing football fields like Leslie Frazier Field, the organization also recognizes soccer fields and baseball and softball diamonds at collegiate, professional, and recreational levels.

According to a press release from the STMA, nominees for the award are reviewed by a panel of 16 judges and scored on several criteria, including playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Winners for all areas were announced on November 21.

Grounds Supervisor Andy Yeaman is honored to have the hard work of his crew be recognized by the leading authority on sports field management.

“We in the grounds department and facility services are very proud of this prestigious award,” Yeaman said. “To be recognized nationally for our diligence and hard work is hugely rewarding.”

In winning this award, TIU finds itself among the ranks of some of the nation’s biggest universities and most well-known football fields, including two-time winners Northwestern University and Iowa State University, as well as Michigan Stage University, the University of Oregon, and Texas A&M University.

The Field of the Year Award will officially be presented at the 25th STMA Conference & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, in January. Leslie Frazier Field will also be featured in a 2014 issue of Sports Turf Magazine.

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