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Wichita State, Field Of The Month – Presented By Hellas

By Matt Browning

Wichita State University opens their 2024 baseball and softball seasons with Hellas as the Official Turf of the Shockers. Hellas installed Major Play® turf at Wilkins Softball Stadium in 2023 and will soon be installing turf as part of phase 1 at the team’s Indoor Practice Facility.

“Partnering with Hellas has been one of the best decisions for this program. Hellas has provided turf for our game field, hitting facility, and the new indoor facility. Between the customer service and quality of product we couldn’t be happier,” said Wichita State Head Softball Coach Kristi Bredbenner.

Since 2012, the Shockers softball team has secured three regular-season championships, two conference tournament titles and five NCAA regional appearances. The facility renovation will allow Wichita State to host NCAA postseason play and other national events according to Bredbenner.

In 2020 Hellas installed Major Play turf at Tyler Field at Eck Baseball Stadium. The Shockers have enjoyed the playability of the Major Play Turf System specifically designed for America’s Pastime. Wichita State’s baseball field also incorporates Helix Technology, enhancing the structure and strength of each turf fiber. The monofilament fibers act like muscles, allowing them to bounce back after use. Helix technology improves the turf’s lifespan, making fields look better, hold infill, and eliminate fly-out. The Major Play turf installed at Wichita State softball and baseball offers high utilization, functionality, and performance throughout all seasons.

“One of the things we strive for in everything we do at Wichita State is providing a first-class experience for our student-athletes, and the turf provided by Hellas is a major part of that,” Wichita State Head Baseball Coach Brian Green said. “The surface drains exceptionally well, handles high amounts of traffic, and gives us the look of a truly top-notch college baseball facility.”

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