Toyota Field is one of the finest soccer specific stadiums in North America. Adjacent to STAR soccer complex and Morgan’s Wonderland, the intimate 8,000 seat venue is adored by both fans and players alike. However as the 2017 season has progressed the natural grass playing surface has degraded, due in part to the wild Spring weather San Antonio has experienced this year.
This week San Antonio FC aims to refresh their pitch while the club is on the road by putting down new sod.
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Per club officials, the new grass will be implemented in both penalty areas as well as some smaller troublesome spots. The biggest spots outside of the 18 yard box that will get a makeover are near the two corner flags on the Western side of the stadium. The decline in pitch quality was due to the annual transition from Rye grass to Bermuda grass not taking as hoped. The parts of the field where grass is growing as expected, mostly in the center of the field, will not be replaced. With the most trafficked areas re-sodded, Toyota Field should have a pitch that mirrors the quality of the stadium built around it.
Across the Northwest parking lot, Tuesday saw SAFC hold their first training session at the new SAFC-dedicated training pitch within STAR Soccer Complex.
Previously, the professional club used a field adjacent to those that frequently serve youth and recreational teams.
With a brand new training ground and a refreshed home field, the Alamo City club will try to defend their 12-game USL unbeaten streak in Oklahoma City this Saturday. The match will be streamed via the Match Center at USLSoccer.com.
Edit: a previous version of this article incorrectly stated SAFC’s previous training field was shared with youth teams.