BFS Landscape Architects was retained to convert an existing underutilized municipal baseball stadium into a new football/soccer stadium with a synthetic turf field for the Salinas community, which included season games for a local high school and community college. Working closely with the Architect, BFS developed the site plan to be used as the footprint for the new stadium complex responsive to dominant site winds and limited site access. The project challenges included:
- Retrofit/redesign of existing well irrigation system for a natural grass practice area and perimeter low-water native plantings
- Net-zero runoff stormwater design with new field sub-grade to move the site’s stormwater runoff and filter it back to the groundwater table
- Re-use of existing former baseball stadium light poles, repurposed for the new football/soccer field
The design of the sports facility also included a new entry plaza, sunken field, stadium bleachers, two-level press box, and a new on-field team-building with locker rooms.