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SFMA announces 2023 Field of the Year winners

Eleven SFMA members were awarded Field of the Year honors for 2023. The SFMA Awards Committee, led by Jason DeMink, CSFM, and Jeremy Driscoll, CSFM, reviewed each submission and independently rated applicants on field quality as impacted by staffing, budget, use, monthly maintenance and a visual story that documents each field’s challenges and successes.

Winners receive complimentary registration to the annual conference, three nights hotel, signature clothing, a trophy for display and will be highlighted in an upcoming issue of SportsField Management magazine.

The 2023 SFMA Field of the Year Award winners are as follows:

  • Schools and Parks Baseball: Providence Catholic High School, Tom Dedin Field, New Lenox, Illinois – submitted by Scott Heren.
  • Schools and Parks Football: Brentsville Turfgrass Management Program, Donald Lambert Field, Nokesville, Virginia – submitted by Drew Miller.
  • Schools and Parks Soccer: Pace Academy, Walsh Field, Mableton, Georgia – submitted by Daniel Prince.
  • Schools and Parks Softball: Spartanburg High School, Lady Vikings Softball Field, Spartanburg, South Carolina – submitted by Matthew Arms, CSFM.
  • Schools and Parks Sporting Grounds: Brownsburg Community Schools, Brownsburg Championship Cross Country Course, Brownsburg, Indiana – submitted by Matt Dudley.
  • College and University Baseball: University of New Orleans, Maestri Field, New Orleans, Louisiana – submitted by Scott Blanchette.
  • College and University Football: Duke University, Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham, North Carolina – submitted by Ian Christie, CSFM.
  • College and University Soccer: University of South Carolina Upstate, County University Soccer Stadium, Spartanburg, South Carolina – submitted by Bruce Suddeth, CSFM.
  • College and University Softball: University of Illinois, Eichelberger Field, Champaign, Illinois – submitted by Daniel Thomas, CSFM.
  • Professional Baseball: West Michigan Whitecaps, LMCU Ballpark, Comstock Park, Michigan – submitted by Mitch Hooten.
  • Professional Soccer: Mecklenburg County Parks and Rec, Sportsplex Stadium Field, Matthews, North Carolina – submitted by Jonathan Waszak.