Want to keep up with the latest news in sports field management? Read a quick recap of recent happenings in the industry.

Sidekick Becomes Official Provider Of Rose Bowl Stadium

Sidekick USA, a manufacturer of patented natural turf installation machines, announced that it is the official equipment provider and partner of Rose Bowl Stadium. The Sidekick machine is now the exclusive supplier of thick-cut sod installation services for field replacement projects deployed by the facility. The Sidekick is optimized to gently push thick-cut sod together during the installation process. The cut is typically about two inches thick, and 48 inches wide, and weighs 10 pounds per square foot. Prior to the Sidekick, a full field replacement took about three days. Now, the entire process typically only takes one day with the Sidekick. After completion, the field can be ready to use the same day, says the company.

Synthetic Turf Council Donates Athletic Field

The Synthetic Turf Council (STC) hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to donate a new 14,000 square foot synthetic turf softball field to the Andrew Jackson Police Youth Camp. The summer camp program, located in Wilson County, Tennessee, helps underprivileged children develop team-building skills and break down cultural barriers.

“We are proud that this multi-purpose field will provide thousands of hours of enjoyment for underprivileged youth in the Nashville area,” said Dan Bond, president and chief executive officer of the Synthetic Turf Council. “The STC and its members are fully committed to community wellness and environmental responsibility through the use of synthetic turf.”

Jeremy Stafne Named Sales Manager at Wiedenmann

Wiedenmann North America, a manufacturer of natural and artificial turf maintenance equipment, announced the promotion of Jeremy Stafne to Sales Manager. Stafne will be responsible for sales in Central and Eastern North America.

House Committee Approves Bill Mandating E-Verify

The House Judiciary Committee approved by a vote of 20-10 the Legal Workforce Act (HR 3711). This bill, which was introduced by Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX), House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Congressman Ken Calvert (R-CA), would require employers to check the work eligibility of all future hires through the E-Verify system. Administered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), E-Verify checks the social security numbers of newly hired employees against Social Security Administration and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) records to confirm work eligibility.