SFMA announces 2020 Field of the Year winners

Sports Turf Managers Association (SFMA) announced its 2020 Field of the Year winners.

Every year, SFMA presents the industry’s highest honors to members who manage baseball, football, soccer, softball and other sporting playing surfaces at the professional, collegiate, schools (K-12), and parks and recreation levels. The 2020 winners are as follows:


Baseball – Smokies Stadium (Sevierville, Tenn.): Eric Taylor, Head Groundskeeper

Soccer – New York Red Bulls Academy Field (Whippany, N.J.): Zach Holm, CSFM, Manager, RBTF Operations

College and University

Football – Bobby Bowden Field at Florida State University (Tallahasse, Fla.): Chris Denson, CSFM, Athletic Turf Superintendent

Schools and Parks

Baseball – Ray Cipperly Field at Middlesex County Vo-Tech School District (East Brunswick, N.J.): Keith Fisher, Grounds Foreman

Football – Walsh Field at Pace Academy Riverview Sports Complex (Mableton, Ga.): Daniel Prince, Sports Complex Facility Manager

“2020 has been a trying year for everyone, and sports field managers were forced to adapt and find innovative ways to ensure high-quality field conditions for all athletes,” said Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of SFMA. “Each of our winners displayed a commitment to excellence while upholding the unwavering commitment of SFMA members to field safety and playability.”

A panel of 14 judges independently scored entries based on playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Judges may not award a field in each category. Winners will receive a plaque, be recognized at the virtual SFMA annual Awards Banquet, and featured in a 2021 issue of SportsField Management, the official monthly publication of SFMA.

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