The pitch at Osborne Stadium has been tabbed as college soccer's 2017 Field of the Year by the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA).
"Each year our Awards Committee independently selects the safest and most playable natural grass playing surfaces exemplifying the sports turf manager's hard work and dedication," says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA. "With an increase in applicants year over year, we are ecstatic to see the growing number of outstanding sports turf managers continually raise the bar with the fields they prepare and maintain."
The Osborne Stadium field is serviced and maintained by Brian Hinkley, Liberty's athletics field manager, as well as Kimball Chambers, Joe Knight, Zach Horsley, Tyler Bergin, and Dakota Riley.
The Osborne Stadium pitch plays host to Liberty's men's and women's soccer teams.
A panel of 13 judges independently scored entries based on playability, the appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program.
Awards will be presented at the 2018 annual STMA Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas, Jan. 16-19.
Since 1992, STMA's Field of the Year Award is presented to members who manage baseball, football, soccer, softball and other sporting grounds at the professional, collegiate, schools (K-12) and parks and recreation level. The 2017 winners are listed below:
College and University
Schools and Parks