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Leah Withrow Offers Sport Facility Grounds Care Tips
Do you oversee the grounds of a sports facility, whether at the high school, college or professional level? Get best practices from the head groundskeeper for the Reno Aces, the triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
When million-dollar athletes are using your facility, it puts more pressure on grounds managers to ensure safe and playable surfaces on a daily basis.
Sports facilities often host more than just sporting events. From concerts to the circus, the grounds must be ready for a variety of performances one day and then back to a sporting event the next.
In this video, Dan Weltin, editor-in-chief of the facility market talks with Leah Withrow, head groundskeeper for the Reno Aces, the triple A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. She is the youngest Triple A head groundskeeper and one of only four female head groundskeepers in all of major league baseball. Withrow shares her grounds duties during the baseball season as well as the offseason. The Aces’ grounds staff is very small at three people so Withrow must be organized and strict with her schedule.
In this video you’ll learn:
- Grounds care challenges unique to sports facilities, especially a high-profile one for minor league baseball. 0:20
- The differences between grounds duties during baseball season vs. the offseason. 1:25
- The integrated pest management (IPM) strategy at the Reno Ace and how it differs from a non-sport facility, such as a public park or college campus. 2:00
- How to set priorities and stay on schedule with a small staff. 3:30
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