New turf field coming to the Point at LTU

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published July 6, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Construction is currently underway for a new synthetic turf athletic field at Lawrence Technological University, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road.

The new field, located near the intersection of 10 Mile and Northwestern Highway — at an area on campus known as the Point — will be home to the LTU soccer and lacrosse programs. The field is slated to open at the start of the 2016-17 athletic season in August, university officials said.

Prior to the creation of the turf field, the Blue Devils soccer programs have played on a grass field at the Point.

Jay Nichols, sports information director at LTU, said the new field will keep students on campus, as the lacrosse teams have been practicing off-site due to the lack of a turf field.

“They’ll be able to showcase their skills as our students on our campus,” Nichols said. “This will bring the student body together to celebrate our teams and our programs as they continue to develop.”

According to a news release from Matt Roush, director of media relations at LTU, the university hired The Collaborative architecture firm, of Ann Arbor, to draw plans for the field. Frank Rewold & Son Inc. is managing the construction at the Point, and the materials for the field are manufactured by AstroTurf LLC.

Dean of Students Kevin Finn said the project was funded by an anonymous donor, who gave around $1 million for the field.

“We are not using student tuition dollars for this,” Finn said. “It’s hard enough to pay for college these days.”

Finn said that the field is currently in the first phase of a three-phase project. Phase one, he said, includes adding artificial turf, fencing and a larger parking lot for up to 40 cars at the Point. In the future, lights for nighttime events, permanent stands, a concession stand and restrooms will be added.

“This is moving amazingly quickly. They’ve already got concrete curbs poured around what will be the edges of the field turf surface, and the gravel that underlays the turf is down,” Roush said in an email.

Finn said he is hoping the addition will boost Blue Devil pride on campus. The stands can hold up to 500 people, he said.

“One of our goals was growing our traditional students on campus, and also to grow the spirit on campus,” he said.

LTU is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 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, Roush said in the release.

For updates on the project, you can follow @LTUAtheletics on Facebook and Twitter, or visit ltuathletics.com.