Marian University’s Smith Fields Complex will have a different look when the Sabres fall sports season kicks off in August, as the school has accepted a bid for the installation of a new artificial turf surface on the soccer/lacrosse field.
The local weather’s tendency to force fall and spring postponements and cancelations was a factor in the decision, as well as the desire to provide student athletes a more consistent and safer surface to compete on. The soccer and lacrosse teams will immediately benefit from the new turf.
“Our student athletes work incredibly hard and it became exhausting to see the weather consistently interfering with their ability to compete,” said Jason Bartelt, Marian University’s Director of Athletics. “It will be great to have a quality surface for student athletes to practice and play on and aesthetically it will help us create a great atmosphere.”
The field, which is currently natural turf, has been the home of the Marian University and Saint Mary’s Springs Academy soccer programs since fall 2001, and started hosting Marian University lacrosse last year. Construction of the new 106,000 square-foot surface will start in July, with survey and soil samples expected to begin soon. It is scheduled to be ready for play on August 23.