Turf installation continues this week at Siebert Field. Mostly installed, the Gophers hope to start practice soon on their new field. All but the mound and the home plate area will consist of turf, while the University of Minnesota 'M' started to be placed this week. Construction continues in the grandstand area as well as the concession and pressbox.
Sept. 7, 2012
The University of Minnesota welcomed a little color on Sept. 7, 2012 as turf installation began. PCL/DLR hauled in over 5,000 tons of granite aggregate to build the playing surface, which includes over 3,000 lineal feet of drain tile. The new field will be a completely synthetic turf, with the exception of home plate/batters circle and the pitcher's mound; totaling over 130,000 SF of new synthetic turf. The synthetic turf supplier, Mondo, is the Official turf supplier to the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games.
July 13, 2012
Things continue to progress with Siebert Field construction throughout the summer months. On July 12, the first concrete was poured along the third base line and the visitor's dugout. On July 13, 2012, the home dugout's concrete was added and work continued down first base. Earthwork in the outfield is being hauled out of the field as it continues to prepare for the turf. The field is being dropped four feet from the original level.
Estimated completion of the turf field is September. The completion of the 1,400 seat facility is December, 2012. With additional berm seating, Siebert Field Phase 1 will also include provisions for future expansion that includes additional seating, locker rooms and training facility. Constructed at the current site, the field will be lowered four feet from the original field level with home plate angled 35 degrees, which is currently between first and second base.
June 26, 2012
Just 11 days following the groundbreaking, Siebert Field has gone through dramatic changes behind the Bierman Field Athletic Building. After 41 years of service, construction on the new Siebert Field began on June 18, 2012. PCL has moved swiftly on the project as the trees and outfield wall were removed by the first day. By June 20th, the cages, bleachers and dugouts were removed, along with the scoreboard in right field. On Friday, June 22, the only remaining remnant, the grandstand, was torn down, leaving the infield (which can barely be seen from the track bleachers) and the outfield.