Soccer stadium receiving new playing field, lights and drainage system

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When crews finish construction on the Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium, players won’t have to run uphill anymore, but they will be able to safely play in the rain.

The field was originally had a clay surface, meaning the water wouldn’t drain correctly, and it was built on a hill.

“It may not seem to be too noticeable to the eye, but they were having to run uphill while playing,” said Harold Leeman, the director of facility planning and construction.

The soccer field was six feet higher at one end, Leeman said. Now, construction crews are working on resurfacing the field by bringing the hill down to a level to ensure a flat playing ground.

Crews are also adding a drainage system so they can play in the rain. The field will no longer turn muddy which affected practices and games because the water will drain through rather than sitting on top, Leeman said.

The field is being changed from clay-based to sand-based. This will keep the field drier with less wet spots and flooding, Leeman said. The field will also permit more grass growth and less patchy spots.

The crews will also replace the four existing light poles with six new poles. This will enable them to have televised games at night, said Brandie Davidson, the assistant director of media relations.

During the resurfacing construction, the team is practicing in the indoor facility in the mornings.

Head coach Eric Bell said the field needed improvements.

“In our situation, the resurfacing needed to happen,” he said. “These improvements are going to allow us to have a championship performance on a championship field.”

The new field will be completed before this fall’s soccer season. The grass will be growing by the end of June and will be completed the end of July 2017 to be ready by this August. Updates can be found on their Twitter.