Duane Banks Field Enhancements
Infield turf completion: Spring 2014
Outfield turf completion and video board: Spring 2015
The dust has settled at Duane Banks Field, home to our Hawkeye baseball program. In the spring of 2014, the field enhancements included installation of artificial turf to the infield of the stadium. In the spring of 2015, the outfield received a facelift with the installation of field turf and the team was able to compete on this new surface during the 2015 season.
Phase Two of the renovations to Duane Banks Field also included replacement of the outfield fence with a regulation wall. A 28-foot tall, 39-foot wide, fully digital, high-definition scoreboard will also rise above the field to display live-feed video, instant replays, scores, and more.
The University of Iowa Athletics Department does not receive support from state tax dollars or institutional funds, so private donations are enabling the updates. Head baseball coach Rick Heller says the new turf allows him to hold practices for his team later in the fall and earlier in the spring. “There are a lot of days in February and March where you can get outside, if you have turf. To play baseball in the climate we play, you have to have turf if you want to give yourself a chance to be the best. This project will give us as good a playing surface as anybody in the country.”
The remarkable facelift to Duane Banks Field will also impact the community supporting Our Hawkeyes. Fans of all ages will have the ability to experience what it is like to take the field as a Hawkeye with a durable facility available for camps, tournaments, and special events. However, this opportunity is limited to the home of the Hawkeyes, as the only Division I baseball program in the state.
The new playing surfaces provide our baseball program the ability to extend their practice seasons into the fall and spring, and will enable more efficient training and preparation.
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