“I’m not going to celebrate yet,” Dennis Poppe said. “We might be at halftime starting the second half.”
“We put a lot of time and effort into the playing conditions,” Poppe said, “and I have not heard one complaint. And that’s the most important thing.”
The only issue that has come up is the placement of fencing above the yellow line on the outfield wall. Florida’s Brian Johnson hit a ball Saturday that struck the fence and bounced back onto the field. Johnson was held to a double, but the NCAA umpiring supervisor said after the game that the hit should have been ruled a home run.
“They fixed a bad spot on the infield dirt near third base,” Poppe said, “and corrected a lighting issue that affected balls hit to left field.”
Players have given the surface high marks, and there didn’t appear to be many bad hops.
Poppe said fans seem to be embracing the stadium. He said two longtime season ticket-holders made an interesting comment to him.
“They looked up and said, ‘Mr. Poppe, we came up here just wanting to hate this stadium, but it’s pretty nice.’”
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