COLUMBIA — Missouri baseball will be playing on a brand new field this year thanks to a transition to the Southeastern Conference.
Simmons Field at Taylor Stadium is currently being resurfaced, according to a news release by the Missouri Athletics Department. Turf manager Josh McPherson and the baseball staff are replacing the field's Kentucky Bluegrass with Latitude 36, a type of Bermuda grass.
They began laying the grass Tuesday on the infield and sidelines, and "the outfield will be sprigged with the Latitude 36" on Wednesday.
The dark green color of the field will remain the same despite the new type of grass.
Other changes to the field include:
- Removal of the grass on the infield, sidelines and the strip around the back edge of the infield dirt
- Re-grated sand
- The sideline's natural soil swapped out for sand, making the field entirely sand-based
- The turf collar around home plate will be replaced after the fall practice schedule.
The changes to Simmons Field are the first of the many improvements that will occur at Taylor Stadium as part of the facility expansion project announced by MU earlier this year.
The field will be ready for the team to play on in three weeks.