Athletics News

Mount Vernon Turf Installation Ready for Start of Fall Seasons

The turf at GW's Mount Vernon Athletic Field has been replaced on schedule and in time for the start of soccer preseason training this month.

Aug. 2, 2011

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The replacement of the synthetic turf surface at Mount Vernon Athletic Field has been completed on schedule and in time for the start of preseason training for the George Washington women's soccer team this week.

GW Director of Athletics and Recreation Patrick Nero made the announcement that the university would replace the existing turf on June 10. Final preparation work is wrapping up, and the women's soccer team will begin training on the new field this Friday, Aug. 5.

"The soccer/lacrosse field turf replacement was identified as an immediate need during our strategic review of university athletics," said Nero. "The installation of this new surface will not only benefit our varsity coaches and student-athletes, but the university's club sports and recreation and intramural programs, as well."

Industry leader FieldTurf was chosen for the installation project and GW student-athletes will compete on the company's latest Revolution synthetic turf system.

The Colonials' women's team will host the new turf surface's first competition on Friday, Aug. 19 when it hosts Georgetown, a 2010 NCAA Tournament quarterfinalist, in its season opener at Mount Vernon Field at 4:00 pm.

The GW men's soccer team will begin preseason training on Aug. 15 with its first competition on the new surface set for Aug. 21 in an exhibition match against Old Dominion.

The Department of Athletics and Recreation also is evaluating other playing facilities as part of the continuing strategic review.

"Our goal is to offer state-of-the art facilities so our teams can be competitive and successful," Nero said.