Lawrence Technological University has begun construction on a new synthetic turf athletic field at the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Northwestern Highway, the part of LTU’s campus known as the Point.
The new turf field will be home to the Lawrence Tech soccer and lacrosse programs and is scheduled to open at the start of the 2016-17 athletic season in August. The Blue Devils soccer programs have played on a grass field at the Point since varsity sports were reintroduced to LTU in 2011.
“The turf field gives our student-athletes a place to practice and compete on campus,” LTU Director of Athletics Scott Trudeau said. “The soccer programs have competed on campus, but the addition of turf gives all our field programs a place to call home. Lacrosse can now practice and play games on campus, which is a tremendous plus to the Lawrence Tech family.”
Lawrence Tech hired The Collaborative architecture firm of Ann Arbor to draw plans for the field with Frank Rewold & Son Inc. managing the construction at the Point. The materials being used for the field are manufactured by AstroTurf LLC.
Kevin Finn, LTU dean of students, said the new turf field is Phase 1 of a three-phase project. This phase will add artificial turf, fencing, and a larger parking lot for up to 40 cars at the Point. Future phases will add lights for nighttime events, permanent stands, and a concession and restroom building.
Phase 1 is being financed by an anonymous donor, Finn said.
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LTU is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and competes in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference in men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s bowling, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s volleyball.