FOND DU LAC - Marian University athletics has announced the soccer and lacrosse side of Smith Fields will be renovated over the summer to implement a new turf surface.
The tendency of local weather 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 interfere with their ability to compete," commented director of athletics Jason Bartelt. "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 grass, has been the home of the Marian University and Saint Mary's Springs Academy soccer programs since the fall of 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.