Rangers Use Chase Field Trip To Test Turf Options For New Ballpark
The MLB Rangers used a two-game trip to Arizona to "soak up research and get feedback" from the D-backs' new artificial surface, which is the same one the Rangers will install at Globe Life Field in '20, according to Evan Grant of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. After working out on the new Chase Field surface, Rangers RF Nomar Mazara said the field was "more realistic" than any turf he has played on before. D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall said that fans have been "surprisingly pleased" with the new surface, perhaps "due to the mowing pattern that makes the field more visually appealing than other turf fields." The Rangers have been "debating whether to go with a dirt warning track or to use a different textured and colored synthetic surface." The team was "impressed with how clean the Chase Field surface looked with a dirt warning track" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/10). In Ft. Worth, Jeff Wilson notes the D-backs "installed the Shaw Sports System synthetic turf before the season." Hall said that reviews from D-backs players are "favorable" so far. Wilson noted the "hops on the turf have been true, though with perhaps minor tailing, and the surface will continue to get better with more games." The D-backs are still "trying to determine how much watering the Geofill infill needs depending on how long the retractable roof is open" (Ft. Worth STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/10).