Sod put in place for an international soccer match at the Pontiac Silverdome will be removed and taken to a field in southwest Detroit for use by a community soccer league.
About 60 volunteers will take the 90,000 square feet of sod from the Pontiac Silverdome to Patton Park field Saturday.
The sod will become a third soccer field at Patton Park to accommodate Latino World’s Soccer League, which has 35 teams and nearly 900 youth to young-adult players. The league, which operates from May to October, currently uses two fields at Patton Park and three at nearby Romanowski Park.
Luis Garcia, president of the Latino World’s Soccer League, said the organization is excited about the new field.
“Soccer is huge in Southwest Detroit and this new field will help our league serve the young people of our community,” Garcia said.
The removal and reinstallation process will be overseen by Vidosh Landscape Centers-North of Petoskey, Mich., which installed and managed the Michigan-grown sod at the Silverdome.
The sod was put inside the Silverdome for an Aug. 6 soccer match between club teams AC Milan of Italy and Panathinaikos FC of Greece.
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