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Contractor begins laying artificial turf on two full-sized fields inside the NSC Stadium

12/01/2017, 2:30pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Blaine, Minn. (December 1, 2017) – On Thursday, November 30, the floor of the National Sports Center Stadium started turning green again.

In the middle of October, the National Sports Center (NSC) began work to replace the historic grass field inside the Stadium with two full-sized artificial turf fields.

The components of site preparation included:

  • Removal of the grass field
  • Removal of the backside bleachers and the remnants of the old running track
  • Leveling the entire stadium field
  • Pouring a concrete curb around the outside edge of the entire field area
  • Installing sub-surface drainage topped with multiple layers of gravel and sand
  • Grading and rolling of the sand surface in preparation for the installation of the actual turf

With site preparation complete, on Thursday, November 30 the contractor began the process of laying out the new artificial turf field.

The new turf will be Field Turf Revolution 360, which is a top-of-the-line turf. It’s called a “FIFA Quality” turf, and is used by top clubs like FC Barcelona, Ajax, Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain. In the U.S., Revolution 360 has been installed in CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Sounders and Seahawks, and at numerous colleges and universities across the country, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Washington, Oregon State, Texas Tech and Syracuse. It’s noted for its high-quality playability, safety, natural aesthetics, reduced infill splash, and durability.

The existing stadium grandstand will remain, providing approximately 5,500 seats for stadium events.

The $1.35 million stadium turf project is being funded by the National Sports Center.

The NSC is already the largest multi-sport campus in the world, with 52 existing fields. All the NSC’s existing fields are natural grass. The new artificial turf fields, which are lighted, will provide new additional capacity, especially at times currently not available – during bad weather, early spring and late fall seasons, and after dark.

The existing grass field in the Stadium dates back to the opening of the campus in 1990. The field was modified in 2008 when the running track was removed and the field moved closer to the grandstand to improve spectator viewing for field sport events.

“The good news for the public is that the NSC is making an investment in new lighted artificial turf fields that can be used at times we currently can’t program our existing grass fields – in marginal weather conditions, after dark, and early and late season times,” said NSC Executive Director Todd Johnson. “These fields will also be completely flexible. We will be able to paint lines to make short-sided or full-size soccer fields and also program any field sport, like rugby, ultimate and lacrosse.”

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