Major League Improvements: Fenway Park Chooses New Toro Irrigation System

Once again, The Toro Company is playing in the “big leagues.” A Toro irrigation system was recently installed at Boston’s Fenway Park, one of the world’s most historic sports fields.

The new Toro irrigation system was part of an overall turf renovation project at Fenway late in 2004, which began with the excavation of 16.4 million pounds of soil. The upgrade was prompted by a number of important concerns, such as improved safety and playability of the surface, but also because the turfgrass had been so demanding to grow.

“That turf had certainly served its time, but it was old, and built like fields used to be built,” explains David Mellor, Director of Grounds at Fenway Park. “We had no automatic irrigation and very limited drainage. It was a heavy soil, so once it reached its capacity of water retention, there was no place for the water to go. It was a challenge to have the proper amount of water, especially in that soil.”

When the decision was made to move ahead with the renovation, Toro was chosen from a number of competing irrigation providers. Factors that played into the selection were Toro’s long-standing relationship with David Mellor and an excellent record of reliable service from Toro commercial equipment and Fenway’s local distributor, Turf Products Corp (TPC).

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