"The added durability of the playing surface allows us to use the ballpark almost year-round," Cyclones General Manger Steve Cohen said. "Equally important is the fact that it is designed to withstand severe weather, which bodes well in the event that the recent trend of storms continues."
The new field is made of specifically designed turf with the exception of the pitcher’s mound and home plate area, which is still comprised of traditional clay and dirt. The salt, chemicals and other pollutants dumped onto the field by the storm left the previous surface contaminated and unplayable, the team said.
MCU Park, which opened in 2001, suffered millions of dollars worth of damage from Hurricane Sandy.
The team also upgraded multiple sections throughout the park, including the front office, locker rooms, ticket office and dugouts. A new team store will open later this year.