Catholic High School Baseball Field
Phase one of a multiphase plan to renovate the baseball field and ballpark at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, consisted of the renovation of the infield, new bull pins, warning track, and a new third base dugout. The project realigned the field, redirected site drainage, and provided appropriate slopes and spatial layout to create a safer, more playable field. Creating a new fiber reinforced sand-based root zone, under drainage, irrigation and baseball surfaces provides for exceptional drainage and playability after rain events. Extensive speed-drain collectors were installed to facilitate the use of a custom designed “Smart Tarp” to allow tarping of the infield skin, as well as to create exceptional drainage of the infield turf. Bare-root and over seeded “Celebration” Bermuda grass was used to maintain a clear draining profile while providing a sodded venue so that the field would be ready for opening day, given the short time frame for design and construction. The project was fast-tracked and was completed from design through construction in just over 3 months.
Opening day in late February of 2016 was successful, as the home team won at their beautiful new ball park. The field performed brilliantly in a “win or go-home” playoff game in May. After a rain delay, caused by a 3.5” rain event within a two hour period, the field was ready for play within a matter of a few hours, allowing the home team to secure a victory and extend the season to the next round of the playoffs. Had the game not been completed that day, the visiting team would have advanced. Nearly every other game in the State was cancelled that day.
Future phases of the Ball Park will include the renovation of the outfield, first base dugout, team room, and a new structuring of the seating areas and support facilities.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Catholic High School