Turf installed at CarShield Field, which is slated for completion this spring, will be upgraded beyond its original specifications.
At its March 9 meeting, O’Fallon City Council approved upgrading the turf for an additional $18,500. CarShield Field, located in the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex, is home to the River City Rascals minor league baseball team.
The upgrade is expected to extend the turf’s lifespan. Original plans called for installing turf with an eight-to-10 year lifespan, Parks and Recreation Director Cindy Springer said. A representative with ATG Sports, which was awarded the project, said the upgraded turf will provide at least an additional two years.
The upgrade will be completed at cost. ATG Sports originally bid the alternative turf at a cost of roughly $33,000. Three of the six vendors that submitted bids for the project provided upgrade options, Springer said. However, she added that bids were compared “apples to apples” on base prices.
“We didn’t want to commit monies to an upgraded turf when we didn’t know if we were going to have [funds],” she told the council.
Prior to the vote, Councilman Rick Lucas said the upgrade would decrease the per year cost of the turf from around $95,000 to approximately $77,000.
Councilmembers Rose Mack [Ward 2], Richard “Rick” Battelle [Ward 3] and John Haman Jr. [Ward 3] voted against the resolution.
The tuft installation project is currently scheduled for completion prior to the River City Rascals’ home opener on May 5.