Local Soccer Complex Gets High-End Turf

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South Lansing's Hope Soccer Complex has new state-of-the-art artificial turf.

The dual fiber turf first came on the market two years ago. It's only used in fewer than 20 facilities in the U.S., including the home of the Buffalo Bills.

It holds up well in cold weather and is easy to convert for other sports.

Mayor Virg Bernero was at the complex Thursday and said the new turf is just the start in building a soccer destination.

"Soccer is huge," Mayor Bernero said. "We're going to be doing more of it in South Lansing. And we're talking about tournaments, we're talking about bringing people down here, we're talking about a restaurant down here, we're talking about putting heads in beds. Because when you start having tournaments, they are willing to invest and to grow this facility."

Mid-Michigan Sports Turf will be adding bleachers and field lighting that meets broadcast television standards before the end of the year.

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