Team spends hours maintaining prestigious Kauffman Stadium field - KCTV5

Team spends hours maintaining prestigious Kauffman Stadium field

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The Royals are currently holding a one-game lead on the Tigers in the American League central and playing a series at Detroit this week.

While the team is on the road, there is one group doing all they can to help them be safe at home.

"We have a small part in baseball and that's providing a backdrop for them to play on," said Trevor Vance, senior director of grounds at Kauffman Stadium.

It takes more than 15 hours, to create logos, like the widely popular crown in the outfield, at Kauffman Stadium.

Since 1994 Vance and his staff have been maintaining one of the most prestigious natural grass fields in Major League Baseball. That was the same year the Royals went back to an all-natural grass turf. Vance said it looks better and is safer than artificial turf.

"I'm a big natural grass guy. I think it's safer for players, it's more giving, you're not going to get your cleats caught into it," he said.

Vance and his crew got worldwide praise for their work at the 2012 All-Star Game. Now his team is hoping for the same exposure in a possible post-season run at Kauffman Stadium, something he only experienced his first year with the team, at age 18.

"'85 was actually my first year we went to the World Series and won it. I thought, ‘This is going to be fun, going to the World Series every year," he said.

Vance is a longtime member of the Sports Turf Managers Association, based in Lawrence, KS. There are more than 2,600 members nationwide, all coming together to find new ways to make fields safer for players of all ages.

"It's a group of groundskeepers, whether you're taking care of high school, parks and rec, major facilities," Vance said. "The number one thing about a field is you want it to be safe and true."

The Royals also announcing Tuesday that the Sept. 20 game with Detroit has been moved to a 12:05 p.m. first pitch and will be broadcast nationally.

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