November 10, 2017 - New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) - Newport Gulls
NEWPORT, RI- In just over one week's time historic Cardines Field has received a complete makeover; the playing surface that is. The stadium that has ties to Major League Legends Yogi Berra, Phil Rizzuto, Bob Feller, and even the Babe (Ruth) himself is structurally similar to when these men came to play. However, there is a new infield grass & dirt, home plate area. The back of the infield has also been leveled off and 20 feet worth of new grass has been placed in the outfield, all courtesy of the City of Newport.
Cardines Field has well over 200 games played on it between the spring, summer, and fall seasons. The local Babe Ruth & American Legion, Rogers High School, George Donnelly Sunset League, Salve Regina University, and various other amateur teams/leagues all call Cardines home in addition to the Newport Gulls. As a result of this constant use the infield and home plate area had become unleveled, the baselines had widened, and a "lip" had been created where the infield dirt met the outfield grass.
This will no longer be the case as the City of Newport enlisted the help of industry leader Sports Turf Specialties, Inc. of Wrentham, Massachusetts. Prior to transforming Newport County's piece of baseball history, STS had completed work on the New York Mets' Citi Field, the Washington Redskins' FedEx Field, and the Boston's Fenway Park; to name a few.
The Newport Gulls are extremely thankful to both the City of Newport and Sports Turf Specialties, Inc. for this project. Unfortunately, the Gulls will have to wait until the first week of June before they can experience this amazing new field but it will certainly be worth the wait!