HERMANTOWN, Minn. -- Hermantown officially broke ground on the construction of their new turf field on Monday morning.
The Hawks have played their home sports contests on Corey Veech Field since 2001, a low-lying natural grass field that has frequently dealt with drainage problems.
In partnership with Centricity Credit Union, they were able to make a new turf facility a reality for their school and community. The new field will be officially titled Centricity Stadium/Corey Veech Field.
"Mike and I had a conversation last spring, and said 'We need to do something' and I know we've tried in the past, and it's been difficult," said activities director Beth Clark.
"There's always so many things going on. You know, we built a brand new school, and people aren't always ready to jump on board right away, so we just tried to get creative, look outside the box and just start talking to people."
The new field is estimated to cost $1.3 million dollars, and $1.4 million dollars including the removal of the current sod.
"The field just gets so torn up, and by the end of the year, obviously we kept saying to ourselves, something needs to happen here. The community recognized it, but most importantly, Centricity recognized it, and it all came together," said head football coach Mike Zagelmeyer.
It will be built within the existing track, with the capabilities to absorb heavy water runoff and moisture underneath the field. The construction plan includes special materials that will be used underneath the turf to prevent water from pooling on the field.
Construction of the new field is expected to be complete in late August, in time for the potential fall high school sports season.
"Oh it is very exciting, to not have to worry about how muddy it is after the football boys play on it, I'm very excited," said senior soccer player Maiah Christanson.
The first scheduled varsity game on the new turf is on September 1st, when the Hawks boys soccer team hosts Duluth Marshall.