Via CBS NewYork –
The Brooklyn Cyclones’ all-natural field is going, going, gone.
The Mets’ Single-A affiliate will play its home games on artificial turf starting this season after Superstorm Sandy spoiled the grass surface at Coney Island’s MCU Park.
The Cyclones have installed cutting-edge FieldTurf, which “has the look and feel of traditional sod, but is optimally designed for durability and severe weather,” according to the team’s official website.
“Our new field will be a great addition to MCU Park,” Cyclones general manager Steve Cohen said in a statement. “The added durability of the playing surface allows us to use the ballpark almost year-round. We can now host soccer, football, lacrosse, concerts, corporate outings and more in addition to the youth, high school and college baseball games that we typically schedule. Equally important is the fact that it is designed to withstand severe weather, which bodes well in the event that the recent trend of storms continues.”
The pitcher’s mound and batter’s boxes will remain a mixture of clay and dirt.
I’ve never been to a Cyclones game. If I recall correctly, they draw well. I wonder how the plastic grass will register with their faithful fans?