3D technology helped build new soccer field for Marshall Hilltoppers

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When the Marshall Hilltoppers play soccer in the fall, they will have a brand new field to enjoy.

Minnesota Sodding is finishing up the project. Co-owner Tom Groh went to Marshall when he was in 7th grade.

“It’s been a good time,” he said. “The weather has been good for doing the grades and laying sod.”

Groh explained that they used 3D technology to grade the field. “It’s what we’re using on major league soccer pitches, and Target Field has the same technology. It’s the first one up in the Northland, that has used this,” Groh told us.

There are water sensors and flow sensors as well.

Brandon Hieb, Facilities Director, said the irrigation system is going to help them save on water. “We are going from watering for hours to now watering in minutes. Our water consumption is more friendly for the environment, and we are excited about that,” he said.

Marshall’s Athletic Director, Kevin Snyder, said this all came together just three week ago.

“They took off the old grass and layers below it. I’m grateful and I’m enthusiastic. I can’t wait for students to return in the fall to play. They are going to be so excited,” Snyder said.

The old field was not even, and some parts of it were nearly two feet higher than the others.