The Quad Cities River Bandits (Low A; Midwest League) have claimed a notable honor, as they have been named a winner of the Pioneer Athletics 2017 Fields of Excellence Award. The work of Head Groundskeeper Andrew Marking and his staff on Modern Woodmen Park’s playing surface, was chosen from a large pool of athletic fields from around the country.
As an award winner, the River Bandits will receive a certificate of recognition and a Fields of Excellence banner that will hang at Modern Woodmen Park. The ballpark may also be featured in Pioneer’s upcoming publications and annual calendar.
This award is another addition to an already impressive list of honors received by Modern Woodmen Park. In 2017, it was selected as a Top-5 Ballpark in the Midwest by Midwest Living magazine. The stadium was also recognized for having the Best Ballpark Amusement Ride by MiLB.com, being the Best of the Ballparks at the Class-A level by Ballpark Digest, and ranked as one of the 10 Best Minor League Ballparks in 2015.
On an individual basis, Marking enjoyed a notable 2017 calendar year. In addition to this honor, he was also named the 2017 SportsTurf Managers Association “Stars and Stripes Contest” winner as well as 2017 Iowa Sports Turf Manager of the Year.
The Fields of Excellence Award Program was established in 1997 and has honored over 1011 athletic fields from around the country since its creation. Colleges, universities, high schools and parks & recreation departments from across the United States submitted photographs, letters of recommendation and application forms describing their institutions detailed athletic field maintenance program. A rigorous judging process yielded 91 winners from a large pool of applicants.
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