Spuhler Field Earns STMA Baseball Field of the Year Award

Posted: December 2, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s Raymond H. “Hap” Spuhler Field has been selected as the 2002 Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Baseball Field of the Year in the College/University division.

Michael Sullenberger, sports field manager at George Mason, will accept the award at the STMA Awards Banquet in San Antonio, Tex., on Jan. 17, 2003. The awards banquet will be held in conjunction with the annual conference for STMA, which is a nonprofit international association of over 2,400 sports turf professionals from schools, colleges and universities, parks, recreation and municipal facilities, and professional stadiums.

According to STMA, the commitment to excellence in overall field quality, safety, playability, and appearance earned the honor for Spuhler Field. It is the third honor in as many years for the facility, which placed second nationally in the Beam Clay College Baseball Diamond of the Year Awards in 2001 and was third in 2000.

The Field of the Year Award, the highest honor STMA bestows upon a facility, is presented annually for top maintenance of natural playing surfaces and support facilities in four major sports areas: baseball, softball, football, and soccer.

Spuhler Field, which has been the home of the George Mason baseball team since 1986, was cited as a facility that produces consistently superior conditions despite use from January to November with as many as 28 regular season games, over 100 practices, two summer instructional camps, two showcase recruiting events, free agent tryout camps for up to four Major League Baseball organizations and several Georgetown University fall practices.

“The fact that Spuhler Field has now been nationally recognized three years in a row is a tribute to the dedication and hard work of Mike Sullenberger and his staff,” says baseball head coach Bill Brown. “The commitment they make allows us to have the privilege of competing on one of the finest playing surfaces in college baseball.”

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