Mexico Gets A Field of Dreams
The new field is a big improvement from the old one.
"Of course the lights are a big change from what we had before. Another big change was the area around here with the brick around the bottom of the backstop and the new netting for the backstop. The dugouts are different, we put in concrete block dugouts and enclosed them which they weren't completely enclosed before," said Mark Buffington, Mexico High School's athletic director.
The field also got a new scoreboard and a warning track in the outfield.
Under gray skies, Mexico players warmed up, excited to start the season on a brand new ballfield.
"It was fun seeing it built. Getting built all the last few weeks. Getting ready, season opener coming up. It was great," said Trent Terry and Collin Clement.
And they didn't disappoint. In the bottom of the very first inning at the new Green Field, Mexico bulldog Andrew Jurgesmeyer, hit the park's first home run.
Gallup couldn't have been happier with the way things turned out.
"I think it's just tremendous what Mexico has done to improve this field. Now where this generation of young people can play on a nice field. It's really a beautiful field, I'm very happy with what they've done," said Gallup.
Renovations will continue throughout the season at Green Field. Bleachers will be put in, and a larger concession stand will be built.