Wake Forest University broke ground Thursday on renovations of its two soccer practice fields as part of a $3 million package of updates for the men’s and women’s soccer facilities. The renovated fields, which will be leveled with a state-of-the-art irrigation system installed, will have natural grass playing surfaces. I.L. Long Construction Co. of Winston-Salem is handling the grading. Carolina Greens Turfcare of Durham is doing the irrigation and sod, Wake Forest women’s soccer coach Tony da Luz told Triad Business Journal.
WFU soccer spokesman Jay Garneau said renovation of the practice fields and the irrigation system are estimated to cost about $1.1 million. Da Luz said the new Bermuda surface would be “golf-course quality.” Completion is scheduled for the beginning of September, just in time for the start of the Deacons’ home schedule. “This is just going to be a pristine facility,” da Luz said. “it’s a big deal. Our recruits value a premier, natural surface for soccer that they can rely on every day. We will have the best practice facility in the ACC.”
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