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Playing Surface Takes Shape at Impact Field

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Impact Field continues to take shape for the debut of the Chicago Dogs (independent; American Association), as the sod for the playing surface is being put into place.

Earlier this week, crews began laying the sod for the playing surface at Impact Field. Construction on the Rosemont, IL balpark is continuing, and is expected to be wrapped up in time for when the Dogs’ inaugural season begins in May.

Many of the key elements of the ballpark will fall into place over the coming months, but the quality of the playing surface is already receiving attention. Roger Bossard, the heads grounder keeper for the Chicago White Sox, has worked to help put the sod into place and is offering a very positive assessment of the field. More from The Daily Herald:

“It’s a Major League surface,” said Bossard, who’s worked for the Sox for 50 years and is a consultant for 14 other Major League teams.

“They’re going to be able to accept an inch of rain — a microburst if you will, which is 64,000 gallons — and it’s literally going to be able to drain and they’ll play 20 to 25 minutes later.

“All the drainage, irrigation, the plant, the grass that’s being put down is the exact same stuff that we’ve got here in Chicago for both the Cubs and the White Sox.”

This is the latest sign that the Dogs are getting closer to their debut. It was also just recently announced that Impact Networking had signed on the ballpark’s naming rights partner.

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