Alpenrose Stadium, Home of the Little League Softball World Series, to Receive National Honor
Alpenrose Stadium has been selected as the 2012 Softball Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA).
The stadium’s playing surface is maintained by Mike Hebrard of Athletic Field Design (AFD) and his crew based in Clackamas, Ore. Mr. Hebrard will accept the award during the 24th Annual STMA Conference and Exhibition in Daytona Beach, Fla., Jan., 15-18. Alpenrose Stadium will be recognized as the top field in the Schools and Parks category.
“It has been a great honor and pride that Alpenrose Stadium recently was selected as the STMA Field of the year for the Schools and Parks category,” Mr. Hebrard said. “We continually strive to provide a safe playing surface for both Boys and Girls Little League play.”
Alpenrose Dairy is owned by the Cadonau and the Birkland Families and has hosted the Little League Softball World Series for the past 19 years.
“Alpenrose would not be able to host this event without the guidance and work of Athletic Field Design,” Carl Cadonau Jr. said.
This year’s award marks the first time a softball field in Oregon has been selected since the award was first presented in 1993. No softball field West of Colorado had previously received this recognition. A list of past softball winners is available here.
“Year after year, the crew with Athletic Field Design creates a wonderful venue for the kids in Portland,” Bob Hudlow said. “Each August, AFD give the world’s best Little League Softball players a field worthy of their skill and talent. Alpenrose Stadium is just one of many magnificent examples of the work done by AFD.”
As part of the field preparation for the Little League Softball World Series, the infield grass is removed and a skin infield is manicured. On the day after the World Championship Game, the infield is laser graded and seeded. Six weeks later, the field is ready for Little League’s “fall ball” training and development season. For the past several seasons, the semifinal and championship game of the Little League Softball World Series has been televised live on ESPN2.
Photo courtesy of Northwest Sports Photography (NSP)