Crews begin installing Cheeze-It Bowl turf at Firebird Field
BULLHEAD CITY — The original “Field of Dreams” was carved out of a cornfield to attract baseball greats.
The Bullhead City field of dreams will be used for other sports.
The field used from Wednesday’s Cheez-It Bowl at Chase Field in Phoenix was trucked here for installation at Firebird Field at Rotary Park.
“It’s gonna be a top-notch prime field,” city Recreation Manager Dave Heath said. “Unlike anything we’ve ever had in any of our parks. Genuine sports turf grass.”
The new field will be the centerpiece of a renovation project that also will include a new electronic scoreboard and bleacher improvements.
“When it’s all said and done, it’ll be close to a half-million dollar project,” said Heath. “Something we never would have been able to do without these groups that are coming in.”
The groups include Fiesta Bowl Charities and the BHHS Legacy Foundation, which came together to donate the field used in the Phoenix collegiate bowl game.
Other groups involved include the local American Youth Soccer Organization region, the Rotary Club of Bullhead City, Los Matadores De Bullhead City and the Bullhead City Firebirds, an American Youth Football team.
“We’re pretty excited to have it,” Heath said. “I’m very happy for the Firebirds, that they’ll have such a beautiful place to play their games.”
The Firebirds will be the main beneficiaries of the field upgrade, Heath said, but the new field also is likely to host championship games for AYSO tournaments. Also, he said, a youth football organization from Whittier, California, has played its postseason bowl games at Firebird Field for a long time, and will enjoy the improvements.
Heath said the turf is expected to be completely installed by the end of the week.
Parks and recreation employee Victor Cervantes said city crews were rolling the strips of sod into place and would “top dress” it with fine sand, a process that will happen periodically.
He said it also will be lightly fertilized to help the grass take root.
Cervantes said the grass — Tifway 419 hybrid Bermuda, overseeded with perennial rye grass — will need to rest for at least a month and a half before it can host athletic events.
He said a crew of about 25 city employees and inmates is working on installing the turf, of which 16 to 18 truckloads were to be shipped between Thursday and Saturday. The crews adapted a city-owned Bobcat and John Deere tractor for the job.
Heath said City Bible Church, is helping with improvements to the bleachers, snack bar and press box. He said the city plans a mid-March grand opening for the new Firebird Field.