Edelen-Haydon Field, the home of the Patriots since 2000, is receiving a major upgrade this summer. Bermuda grass was power seeded in the outfield last week, replacing the Kentucky Bluegrass and fescue mix that was out there.
"We are anxious and excited about the project," noted Patriot skipper Luther Bramblett. "Each year we try to complete a major project on the field, but this is the biggest project since I've been here. It's scary in the fact that you never know if the seed will take or if the weather over the summer will work for us."
Last summer Bramblett and his staff put in a turf halo around the homeplate area. They also added a warning track and padded the backstop wall. In 2009, his staff doubled the size of the dugouts by adding concrete and a padded railing in front of the dugouts. In 2006, a pressbox was built and a deck for lounge chairs. The pressbox has concessions, restroom facilities and an umpire dressing room.
Future plans include an indoor facility for outdoor sports with locker rooms as well. Lights are also in the near future plans as well.