USC Upstate’s Cyrill Softball Stadium Receives National Turf Award

November 20, 2015 at 3:32 pm

SoftballField04-2014-BThe Sports Turf Managers Association has announced their annual Field of the Year Winners. Making the prestigious national list is the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Cyrill Softball Stadium, which was selected as the 2015 College Softball Field of the Year.

The USC Upstate Sports Turf Team will be recognized in January during the 27th annual STMA conference and exhibition in San Diego, Calif.

“Preparing and maintaining Cyrill Stadium happens throughout the course of the year,” said Bruce Suddeth, USC Upstate’s director of building and landscape services. “It’s not just the focus of our attention during softball season, but a part of our campus that receives care throughout the year, as we strive to provide a first-rate playable field for our Spartan Softball team.”

In addition to Suddeth, the USC Upstate Sports Turf Team is comprised of Ben Williams, sports turf manager; Daniel Jackson, Cyrill Stadium technician; Travis Dill, Harley Park technician; David McNair, Howell Athletic Complex technician; James Shull, Howell Athletic Complex technician; and Chris Hawkins, softball coach.

Cyrill Softball Stadium, named for Frank Cyrill whose generous gift made construction possible, is located on the north edge of the campus. The stadium was constructed in stages as the field, dugouts, concrete seating area, and lights were completed for the 2002 season. The press box and stadium seating were added in 2004. The field was renovated in 2012 to improve field drainage and stability by re-grading and re-sodding the field and installing field drainage. During this time, dugout extensions were completed and restrooms were added.

This is the second time that the stadium has received the STMA Softball Field of the Year Award.

There are five field types for which the STMA award may be given: baseball, football, soccer, softball and sporting grounds. For each field type, awards may be given in three categories: professional, collegiate, and schools/parks. The judges evaluate the playability and appearance of playing surfaces, innovative solutions used, effective use of budget, and the development of a sound agronomic program.

The STMA is a professional association of sports field managers. It has over 2,500 members who oversee sports fields and facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums.

For additional information, please contact Bruce Suddeth at 864-503-5500 or,