NCC's Synthetic Turf Will Get First Test with Soccer Tournaments

By Hartman, Kari | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), October 26, 2001 | Go to article overview

NCC's Synthetic Turf Will Get First Test with Soccer Tournaments


Hartman, Kari, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Kari Hartman Daily Herald Staff Writer

Weather forecasters predict the eight soccer teams playing on North Central College's Kroehler Field this weekend might be in for some rain.

But that doesn't mean the field inside the college's Cardinal Stadium will be unplayable during the IHSA Boys Class A State Soccer Tournament.

The Naperville college is hosting the tournament for the first time, and new synthetic grass installed at Kroehler Field in August will help alleviate a soppy field and mushrooming mud puddles.

"The turf has made it easier for us to handle this situation," said Kevin Juday, North Central's sports information director. "One football game is enough to tear up a field in the rain."

A field with natural grass, that is.

The college ripped out its natural surface last summer, saying it was impossible to maintain the grass properly after all the football games and soccer matches. The new synthetic grass will hold up better and absorbs water, college officials say.

North Central will host the Class A tournament today and Saturday. The college also will be the site of the boys Class AA state tournament Nov. …

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