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SBD Global/March 19, 2014/Facilities
L.A. Dodgers, Arizona Diamondbacks Back New-Look Sydney Cricket Ground
Published March 19, 2014
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MAKING THE FIELD: In Sydney, Carly Adno reported the biggest challenge "was importing 250 tonnes of San Diego clay to create the infield and pitcher’s mound." Sydney sports promoter Jason Moore said, “We had about five soil technicians work for about 10 months trying to do the mix here because we didn’t want to bring anything in from overseas. Unfortunately our geology is different and we just couldn’t do it, so we had to bite the bullet last year and order ... bags of clay. These are real games. You can’t muck around. Batting averages count, pitching averages count -- this is what guys will win and lose careers on." Moore put up the A$2M ($1.8M) to convert the field and admits his financial advisers “aren’t real thrilled with me at the moment’’ (DAILY TELEGRAPH, 3/18). For a time lapse video of the venue's conversion, click here (MLB).