Tides open youth ballfield contest

Published 9:57 pm Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Norfolk Tides have announced the return of a contest in which a local youth ballfield will be renovated by Tides groundskeepers and front office staff.

This field makeover will include an upgrade to the playing surface and an improvement to existing dugouts, with the recipient of the makeover being determined by a fan vote on the Tides’ Facebook page.

“Our entire organization looks forward to this project each year” Tides General Manager Joe Gregory said. “We’ve been able to extend a helping hand to many outstanding communities, and it’s a great feeling to know that we’ve made a difference in the baseball experience for so many children across Hampton Roads.”

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This will be the sixth consecutive year of the contest, which has led to the renovation of eight different baseball fields in the greater Hampton Roads area, including one for the Bennett’s Creek Little Leage and one for the Smithfield Recreation Association.

Those interested in having the Tides make over their facility should submit a picture of their field to Heather McKeating at HMckeating@norfolktides.com. Along with the photo, fans are asked to include a brief description of why their league’s field should receive this enhancement.

The deadline is Feb. 13, with online voting taking place on the Tides’ Facebook page from February 20 to February 24.

The project is made possible thanks to the Tides Youth Baseball Fund, a program established by the Tides in 1990 as a way to raise money for youth baseball and softball programs in Hampton Roads.

In addition to assisting with field renovations, the Youth Baseball Fund also helps local teams and leagues with travel expenses.

Volunteers from Safelite AutoGlass will join the Tides staff in assisting with the field renovation efforts, which will take place in April.