Inside Operations: Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

On the third Wednesday of every month (a day early this week), a member of the Facilities and Operations staff will give a behind-the-scenes look at what’s going on around its area and the department. Over the course of every month, each department will be featured at least once. Coming Wednesday: Communications

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This year St. Patrick’s Day is a busy day at Panthersville with both baseball and softball in action.  The grounds crew decided to use this day to showcase off some of our creativity and join in on the festivities.  In 2011 we had a baseball game against Harvard and painted the “GSU” behind home plate green and painted the bases green for the game.  Both were big hits.  Since then the NCAA has outlawed colored bases.  We wanted to step it up a notch this year.  We will again paint the “GSU” behind home plate green and add a few shamrocks around the logo and on the dirt behind the umpire at baseball.  Our biggest splash will be a large 40’ by 60’ shamrock “watermark” in the softball outfield.  Below is a step by step look at the process.  For more pictures of our special preparations for St. Patrick’s Day like us on Facebook at “Georgia State Grounds Crew” or follow us on Twitter @GSUgrounds.

  • Photos 1 and 2: Layout logo on a paper with a grid. Measure and create grid on the field. When doing a large logo in the outfield we “stretch” the grid by making the vertical rows 1.5 times longer than the horizontal.  We made the vertical rows 15’ and the horizontal 10’.  If you don’t “stretch” the logo it will look bunched together from the stands.
  • Photos 3 and 4: Using paper grid as a reference use string to outline your logo.
  • Photos 5 and 6: Outline logo by hand with aerosol paint. Fill in rest of logo. We used our aerosol line painter going back and forth quickly to put down a light coat.  We used a turf colored green to give us a natural “watermark” type look.
  • Photos 7 and 7: Clean up. Play Ball! See you at the ballpark

–Kyle Slaton,Director of Sports Turf and Grounds

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