Construction starts on artificial turf and lights at Karl Van Norman Field
Construction on the new artificial field and lights at Mansfield University's Karl Van Norman Field got off to a quick start with much of the natural turf being removed by the end of the day Tuesday.
The natural turf, first installed when Karl Van Norman Field opened in 1964 has hosted every home Mountaineer football game for the last 50 years.
The natural turf is being replaced by AstroTurf and the all-weather surface will host all future home football and field hockey games along with select women's soccer contests. It will also be available for practice for out of season practices for other athletic programs and student organizations.
Construction is projected to continue with a completion date in August.
Mansfield will host its first-ever home games on the new turf on Sept. 14 when the Mountaineer field hockey team host Shippensburg at 2 p.m.
Sept. 14 also marks first time the lights will be turned on at Karl Van Norman when the Mountaineer football team hosts Princeton University.
It marks the first-time in 121 years, since Mansfield hosted the world's first night football game on Sept. 28, 1892, that the Mountaineers will host a night football game.
The project compliments the refurbished and expand Maxson Track and Field complex at Van Norman. The new 8-lane all-weather track was dedicated last August.
You can watch the progression of the construction project on live web cam available by the end of the week at GoMounties.com.