Since the publication of our December 2007 issue, we have been notified of a colossal mistake. In that issue we featured the supersized synthetic turf field of the city of Muscatine, Iowa. We had identified it as the continent’s largest synthetic field. Several people have let us know that we were wrong and told us about some even bigger synthetic fields.
For the record, the Muscatine School District field measures 260 feet by 435 feet, for a total of 113,100 square feet. So far, the following fields have been brought to our attention:
• Bremmer Field at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H., measures 426 feet by 270 feet for a total of 115,020 square feet. Bremmer Field is managed by Dennis Byrne, director of campus recreation.
• Charles Klafka, Douglas County parks supervisor, told us about their park system’s “Big Green” in Castle Rock, Colo. It measures 410 feet by 330 feet for a total of 135,300 square feet.
• At this point, the largest synthetic field designation goes to the field at Pine Banks Park in Malden and Melrose, Mass. It measures 486 feet by 285 feet for a total of 138,510 square feet. Thanks to Patrick Maguire, principal of Stantec (formerly Geller Sports, Inc.), the designer of that field for bringing it to our attention.
First, our apologies to missing these in our big field search. We believe they all have something to brag about, and the managers can take pride in how they care for their fields.
Second, we issue a call to anyone else out there with supersized fields to contact us with your field details. We look forward to learning more about how you coordinate the use and upkeep of these resources—and would appreciate tips you have for others considering the installation of really big fields.
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