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New Multi-Sport Complex Yields Multiple Benefits
While Liberty field hockey's first game in history also marked the first time the team played on its new turf field, the squad has been enjoying the playing surface ever since and anxiously awaits the completion of the multi-sport complex on Liberty's Campus East.
Liberty's NCAA teams of field hockey and women's lacrosse will compete on their respective fields, but the University's club sports and intramurals will also benefit from the three-field, multi-sport complex.
"The University has built those for the campus and for the Liberty community, and it's going to be a first-rate facility," stated Liberty Director of Athletics, Jeff Barber in a September interview. "There's also a new locker room and office building being built over there for some of the club sports and for the lacrosse team and field hockey team."
Two types of turf have been used for the playing surfaces. Field hockey will compete on the Shaw Sportexe® Woven Nylon HockeyElite™ turf system, while the women's lacrosse field will feature the Shaw Sportexe® PowerBlade™ HP+2.0 Monofilament Synthetic Turf System. The same turf system is also installed on the third field.
The field hockey surface is a nylon woven turf, which is water-based. First-year head coach Jodi Murphy is more than pleased with the team's playing field, as she noted that, "There has not been a day yet that I have not stopped and thought about the blessing this field truly is to our young program."
"Water-based turf is the top surface when it comes to field hockey." Murphy continued, "Additionally, they installed six water cannons. The water pressure coming off the site is unprecedented. The field waters exceptionally quickly and the turf holds the water well. A wet surface is another pivotal part in the overall success of how well the turf plays."
Further details around the sidelines include a blue outline marked with the word "Liberty," which Murphy states, "really helps set us apart from some other sites."
While the fields on Campus East are experiencing play, construction on the building adjacent to the field hockey field is well underway. For field hockey, specifically, the building will house offices, a locker room, a team room and training room. Lacrosse will enjoy similar features while others will also benefit from the building, as previously referenced.
Additionally, stadium seating will be available for both field hockey and lacrosse, with a capacity of 750 on both sides. Lastly, a double-sided press box will also be positioned between both fields.
"This site means a great deal to the program," stated Murphy. "As more and more teams come to play us and more recruits come on campus, I think they will see Liberty's commitment to athletics and more specifically, the field hockey program. I believe the whole site, when finished, could be arguably one of the best in this region."