If all continues to progress according to plan, Sabyasachi Sengupta will be welcoming cricket teams and spectators to Tatiana Fields in Belle Plaine next spring.
Sengupta, a Chaska resident, said last week development of the initial phase of the fields on West Commerce Drive is heading into the final stage. Two adult cricket fields and one junior field, which can also be used for lacrosse, are graded.
City sewer and water for irrigation have been installed at the site. Workers brought about 9,000 cubic yards of soil to the site. With irrigation available, all the fields will be seeded and mulch applied this fall to provide cricket players a natural turf experience next spring, Sengupta said.
Concrete curbs were installed last week and parking for up to 200 vehicles will soon be completed, he said. The spaces can eventually be used as overflow parking for football games at the Belle Plaine Athletic Complex, Sengupta said
In the spring, plans for weekday league play will be in place. Tatiana Fields will also be prepared to host weekend tournaments. He’d like to see the fields used daily.
The facility will have fences bordering residential properties. Berms at the site will be mowed allowing for spectator seating, Sengupta said. He’s also planning batting cages to be ready in the spring.
A Web site informing cricket players and people interested in the facility, leagues and tournaments at Tatiana Fields is under development. Long-term, Sengupta plans lights and a clubhouse.
The site will also be used for youth lacrosse on the smaller field. Sengupta has reached an agreement with the Belle Plaine School District to maintain the facility in exchange for use of the youth field. Tatiana Fields are adjacent to Oak Crest Elementary School. He also looks forward to promoting the game through Belle Plaine Community Education. The partnership was one of the centerpieces of the relationship between the community and Tatiana Fields, Sengupta said.
“Not too many people know about the game of cricket. This is an opportunity for them to learn about it,” he said.
Sengupta’s plans include the development of an academy to teach the game to young people and adults. He said it is “very, very critical” to spread the game of cricket.
“My dream is to one day see young people from Belle Plaine on the U.S. national team,” Sengupta said.