July 18, 2006
Baltimore, Md. - Diane Geppi-Aikens Field has undergone some dramatic improvements this summer, most noticeably the new turf being rolled out this week. Construction scheduled to be complete on August 1 will include an advanced sub-drainage system, a spectator fence, new windscreens, an enhanced entrance off Millbrook Lane and a new synthetic playing surface.
The field, which has been shifted six feet for fence installation, will don the latest in synthetic field technology with its Sportexe Momentum Turf. A similar field used by the Baltimore Ravens and many other NFL teams, Momentum is Sportexe's premier sand and rubber infill surface and is designed to maximize player performance at the college and professional levels.
The surface is designed to emulate a perfect natural grass field with high quality polyethylene fibers and a unique multi-layered backing. The surfaced is intended for intense, high caliber competition, providing a fast and safe playing field.
Diane Geppi-Aikens Field, home to Loyola's men's and women's lacrosse and soccer programs, will be ready for competition this fall. Inlaid field lines for both lacrosse and soccer will also eliminate the need for painted lines on the field.
Construction began on May 22 of this year and has included mobilization, demolition, excavation, installation of the drainage system, concrete flatwork, fence installation and laying down of the field liner. Once the turf is finally in place, a new asphalt parking lot will mark the completion of the project.
Visit our photo gallery to see the entire process.