Forest Hill, MD – December 8, 2020

The American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), the national organization for builders and suppliers of materials for athletic facilities, has announced the winners of its annual awards. Awards are presented each year to facilities built by ASBA members, which best exemplify construction excellence.

Awards are presented in various categories: Tennis Courts, Running Tracks, Sports Fields, Pickleball Facilities, Indoor Multipurpose Facilities and Track & Field Facilities. Within some categories, there are divisions; for example, the Sports Field category recognizes single- and multiple-field facilities. Winners of awards were announced at the Association’s Technical Meeting, presented for the first time in a virtual format.

Projects are scored individually based on considerations such as layout and design, site work, drainage, base construction, surface, amenities, innovation and overall impression. Winning entries are those whose cumulative scores meet or exceed the standard.  The Sacramento MSBL, in conjunction with Verde Design, Inc., won the ASBA Bronze Award.

Here is a brief backstory outlining the SMSBL journey:

The Sacramento MSBL opened the Sacramento Army Depot Park, their new home, on July 17th, 2019. The city of Sacramento donated land to replace McAuliffe Park, the long-time home of SMSBL and Sacramento Babe Ruth. More than 10 million dollars was spent by Sacramento State University to replace McAuliffe Baseball Complex. They now boast two Triple A equivalent fields with LED lighting and 20 acres of land to develop into a beautiful park for the next many generations to play baseball.

“I walked the 20 acres of tall weeds with Councilman Cohn in 2016,” stated Sacramento MSBL President Alan Van Ness.  “His vision of what we could have as a gift from the City and CSUS was right on point. This league is truly blessed. I hope the next couple of generations continue to grow and enjoy this great opportunity to play the game we love.”

(Photographs courtesy of Jane Burkitt)