South Bend’s artificial turf being removed today

Rolls of artificial turf removed from the playing surface of Four Winds Field today. (Photo courtesy of WNDU-TV)

Rolls of artificial turf removed from the playing surface of Four Winds Field today. (Photo courtesy of WNDU-TV)

The artificial turf at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Silver Hawks, is being removed today. It will be replaced by natural grass.

(The next two photos were tweeted by Chris Hagstrom, the team’s senior director of creative services.)

Removal of the artificial turf began in left field.

Removal of the artificial turf began in left field.

About half the field was rolled up by 1 p.m. EST.

About half the field was rolled up by 1 p.m. EST.

It looks like the new field should be installed in time for the team’s press conference on Thursday (although the media event isn’t being held at the ballpark).

The Silver Hawks announced Thursday they reached an affiliation agreement with the Chicago Cubs, who were aligned with the Kane County Cougars the past two years. They are going to unveil a new team name, logo and uniform at the press conference. The team is expected to be renamed the South Bend Cubs.

I’ve seen some online comments from people who don’t want to see the Silver Hawks name go away. I understand that sentiment — especially because “Silver Hawks” is a name with roots in South Bend — but it is also understandable that the team wants to capitalize on the Cubs brand.

With that in mind, I took to Twitter to make a suggestion to team owner Andrew Berlin — one that I’m going to repeat and expand upon here to help get some feedback. The team’s current alternate logo is based on the grille emblem of the Studebaker Silver Hawk automobile that was manufactured in South Bend. I’ve always liked it and suggested the team keep it as an alternate logo to be worn during Sunday home games (Silver Hawks Sundays?) or at least on a throwback day at the park.

The alternate logo of the South Bend Silver Hawks, on a cap.

The alternate logo of the South Bend Silver Hawks, on a cap.

Grille emblem from a 1964 Studebaker Silver Hawk. (Photo from eBay)

Grille emblem from a 1964 Studebaker Silver Hawk. (Photo from eBay)

As for the Silver Hawks’ main logo (the cartoonish Swoop logo), I’ve never really cared for it, so it doesn’t bother me if it disappears. On the other hand, children probably love the Swoop logo, so maybe the team should keep using it on kids apparel, especially if they plan to keep Swoop the mascot.

I’d like to know your thoughts about this topic, especially if you’re a South Bend baseball fan (but others certainly can weigh in, too). Am I on the right track here? Feel free to add your two cents’ worth in the comments section.

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One Response to South Bend’s artificial turf being removed today

  1. geoSteven says:

    I understand the marketing/sales benefits of being associated with the Cubs, but I’m a big proponent of MiLB teams retaining their own identity. I think the current situation with the Daytona (Cubs) is a great example. Certainly using the Cubs name helped the club, but what now that the PDC has been terminated? As a local consumer, my connection is to the Cubs and I have no connection with the local Daytona team.

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