Soccer Field Undergoes Major Renovations
Posted: July 26, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
The George Mason University Stadium is currently undergoing major field renovations and will receive a new scoreboard in time for training by both the men’s and women’s soccer programs and U.S. Soccer training beginning in late August.
“This new turf system will provide our soccer and lacrosse teams with a first-rate, internationally-recognized surface to compete on,” says Tom O’Connor, director of athletics. “The upgrade will also continue our marketability as a prime training site for U.S. National Soccer teams, Major League Soccer, and Women’s United Soccer Association squads, as well as other international teams.”
The U.S. Soccer Men’s National team returns to Northern Virginia on Aug. 27 in preparation for its 2002 World Cup qualifying, and possible clinching, match as it hosts Honduras at RFK Stadium on Sept. 1. The team will train at George Mason.
The new field is made up of a soil base–a 90 percent sand, 10 percent Swag Peat topsoil mix–that is a PGA-certified greens mix and used on golf courses. On the playing surface is a Tufcote Bermuda prescription grass sod found on world-class soccer pitches. Prior to these applications, the field had been stripped and excavated of its existing Kentucky blue grass surface, then laser-leveled at a new one percent slope to ensure drainage.