Korte Stadium, home to Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s soccer and track and field programs, was constructed in the early 1990s. Oates Associates provided original site design and construction services for the track and field event area that included a soccer infield. The site serves as a venue for high school, collegiate, national amateur and international athletic events. The facility also served as the track and field venue for the St. Louis 1994 Olympic Festival.
Oates Associates designed the reconstruction of the soccer field inside the track facility at Korte Stadium. Work included the removal of the existing grass soccer field and construction of a synthetic turf soccer field, which is made of recycled thermoplastic. Work also included storm drainage, concrete curb, and asphalt paving for a field throwing / jumping area.
Driving the decision to replace the natural grass infield was the benefits of the synthetic surface. The life of the turf is estimated between 15 to 20 years and the synthetic surface allows for the potential of year round use of the field. Previously, the use of the field was limited to 80 to 100 days per year. Furthermore, maintenance costs are substantially lower.
The synthetic turf provides a superior playing surface suitable for college level tournament soccer playing and training.