The Tennessee Smokies won the award for the 2021 Tennessee Turfgrass Association (TTA) Professional Sports Field of the Year. Smokies Head Grounds Keeper Duncan Long won the title in just his first season with the organization. The Tennessee Smokies have now won the award three times since 2015.
“I’d like to thank the Smokies for everything they have done for me this year,” stated Long. “I would like to give a lot of credit and gratitude to my interns Sam Richardson and Sean Purcell and my whole gameday crew. Without them, none of this could have been possible.”
Long will be recognized at the annual awards banquet in Murfreesboro on January 10, 2022. Since 1965, the Tennessee Turfgrass Association has promoted the turfgrass industry through education, scholarship, and research.
“It is always amazing when you see someone’s hard work get noticed,” said Smokies’ President and COO Chris Allen. “I can’t thank the Tennessee Turfgrass Association enough for recognizing what a wonderful job Duncan has done this year. His approach and work ethic is second to none, and it shows when you look at the field!”