Artificial turf field at Fargo Davies on track to be completed in time for boys soccer, football seasons

The turf started on the field this week and is expected to be ready in time for the boys’ first home game on August 19 and the first home football game on August 27.

“You measure the lawn, put it down and now make a few cuts,” said Davies managing director Lenny Ohlhauser. “We’re looking at a deadline that, if there are no issues, is around the 15th. It should be completed before the week of the 16th.”

Ohlhauser said there is currently no plan for a ribbon cutting ceremony or major unveiling. So the first soccer game will most likely serve as the public opening for the new Matrix Helix Turf playing surface.

“Our friends’ association is currently planning a show-and-tell thing for some members,” said Ohlhauser. “I’m sure you will have some things planned for the first soccer game on the 19th. The following week will be our first soccer game out there. What we’re going to do is not yet set in stone. “

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The process, which began on May 17th, went smoothly and on schedule with no major issues, according to the head of activities. It is the culmination of a planning and fundraising process by the Davies Turf Committee that dates back to 2018. The committee raised the necessary US $ 1.3 million entirely through private donations.

“I think when you see something like this come to light for the first time, it seems to have gone smoothly,” said Ohlhauser. “There were a few problems along the way, but the crew who put it up there seem very positive. They push their way through and reassure us that it’s going to be done. We’re just excited now. “

To see how the actual green lawn is laid is the light at the end of the tunnel. Seeing the excavators to clear the old field and then see the foundation for the artificial surface is one thing, Ohlhauser said. But seeing the actual lawn sink makes everything seem real.

Davies was the last public high school in Metro Fargo-Moorhead to install artificial turf on its soccer field. Shanley was the first Fargo school it installed in 2009, and all public schools have followed suit. The last grassfield schools on the metro are Fargo Oak Grove, Moorhead Park Christian and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.

“The reality I said – you can lay as many foundations as you want – but once that lawn is in place, we really have a lawn field,” said Ohlhauser. “It puts a smile on our faces when we know that we will be playing all of our games in our stadium in a few weeks’ time. No more rescheduling. “

In the meadow it was not uncommon for the Eagles to be driven away by bad weather. If a heavy rainstorm or snowstorm set in, playing on their field could ruin the surface for the remainder of the season. With the artificial turf, which stays green even in bad weather, you don’t have to worry about it.

“I’m just trying to find out what’s best – pulling games off the field to protect the season and lose a home game. Not anymore, ”said Ohlhauser. “From an AD’s point of view, this is a really nice change from what we’ve had in recent years.”

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