Fall Workshop:

October 4, 2017
Village of Bridgeview
Toyota Park
7000 Harlem Avenue
Bridgeview, IL  60455

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Fall Workshop:


Join us at Toyota Park - Home of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club


When:  October 4, 2017    9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., with registration starting at 8:30 a.m.    Check in at Gate D

Where: 7000 Harlem Avenue, Bridgeview, IL  60455  (Parking instructions to follow.)

What:  Includes facility tours, Q&A with Joel White (Head Turf Manager, Chicago Fire), vendor booths and demonstrations on the field, as well as networking opportunities with fellow turf managers.


Joel White, Head Turf Manager at Toyota Park (Village of Bridgeview), will speak about the application process for Field of the Year and the day-to-day operations/challenges at Toyota Park.  All questions are welcome!

Andy Yeaman, Advanced Turf Solutions and former Turf Manager for Trinity International University, will speak about the process of achieving Field of the Year and transitioning to Sales.

Food:  There will be coffee/donuts in the morning and a sandwich lunch

Costs: Members $40.00, Non-Members $50.00.  Additional Registrant fees of $30.00 person can be applied, if more than one person from an organization is attending.  **Please note if paying through the website via PayPal, there will be an additional $2.00 processing charge per ticket.**


8:30 am to 9:15 am    

  • Registration including Coffee & Donuts

9:10 am

  • Introductions

               Bill Byron, President ILSTMA,

               Northfield Park District

9:15 am to 11:00 am

  • Begin tours of Stadium Facilities
  • Paint & Core Aerating demonstrations on Field
  • Vendors displays around Field
  • Ask Joel White questions about Toyota Park

11:00 a m

  • Andy Yeaman - Advanced Turf Solutions  
  • “Achieving Field of the Year and transitioning from Turf Manager to Sales”

11:00 am

  • Joel White, Head Turf Manager – Toyota Park – Village of Bridgeview
  • Applying for Field of the Year and Managing the Day to Day  Operations/Challenges of Toyota Park

12:00 pm

  • Lunch with sandwiches and salads
  •  Q & A time with Joel White


Deadline for registration is October 1, 2017.

When attending an ILSTMA workshop, come prepared for a day of learning and fun.  We tour some
of the finest athletic facilities in Illinois to hear sports turf managers talk about their experiences in the field. 
ILSTMA's workshops are excellent opportunities to expand your network of contacts.  Ask fellow sports turf
managers about issues you are having with your athletic fields and share your knowledge with others. 
Everyone from the most experienced sports turf managers to "rookies" find workshop days highly beneficial.

Past Workshop Photos
Winter Workshop  - Minooka High School

Northbrook Park District wins the Field of the Year Award 

Scott Gaunky accepts the President's Award

Tom welcomes everyone to the workshop

Fall  - Waukegan Sports Park

Greg Petri describes challenges overcome to build the Sports Park 

The Western suburbs were well represented

Examining the turf

Summer 2011 - Vendor Fair, Schaumburg

Learning about new turf technology

Line painting demo

Winter 2011 - Irrigation Workshop, Oak Brook

Live product demonstrations

A packed house!

Hands-on learning


Summer 2010 - Northwestern University, Evanston

Attendees get tips on mound maintenance at Northwestern's baseball field.
ILSTMA members inspect Ryan Field as the Wildcats prepare for their fall football season.
Coach Pat Fitzgerald gives kudos to Northwestern's sports turf crew and talks Big 10 football.



Summer 2009 - Vendor Fair, Lake Forest

The Vendor Fair is a great place to test out the latest turf care equipment.

Attendees learn about new products and services to make their jobs easier.

Fueled by a delicious breakfast, participants head to the vendor booths.



Spring 2009 - Road Ranger Stadium, Rockford

Workshop participants ask questions about the equipment used to maintain the field.
ILSTMA members learn about the construction of the stadium and the best practices used to maintain it.
It was time to get dirty with a hands-on reconstruction of the bullpen mound. 


Spring 2008 - Irrigation Workshop, Wheeling

In small breakout groups, attendees got personal training on the workings of irrigation components.
A presentation of trends in the irrigation industry helped members prepare for the future.
Participants spent two days learning how to optimize the impact of irrigation systems on their facilities.


Summer 2007 - Lippold Park, Crystal Lake

Sports Turf Managers learn about the facility
and the challenges overcome during its construction.

Participants got to experience the unique
all-synthetic turf baseball fields.