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Texas A&M Natural Grass Field Supervisor, Craig Potts

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Craig Potts – I believe the AirDrain system is the best natural grass agronomic system available today.

Craig has  taken care of the fields at Texas A&M since their inception 2002:

Women’s Soccer Ellis Field –

The Aggie Soccer Stadium, with an expanded capacity of 3,500, also boasts a state-of-the-art, soccer-specific scoreboard on the southwest side of the facility and an auxiliary scoreboard on the northeast corner of the pitch. Installed in the fall of 2004, the scoreboard features a color light board and in-match statistics to complement the traditional score, clock and horn and is one of the finest in college soccer.

The facility is located just a few steps from the team’s new complex which opened in 2003. It contains spacious players’ and coaches’ locker rooms, a luxurious players’ lounge, official and visiting team dressing rooms, and a state-of-the-art athletic training facility and public restrooms.

The Aggie Soccer Stadium is conveniently located on Texas A&M’s West Campus inside the Carolyn and Jack Little Athletic Complex, which also houses the softball and track facilities. It is located adjacent to Reed Arena (basketball) and Olsen Field (baseball), with ample parking just yards away from the entrance.

The stadium shone on the national stage in 2005 and 2007 as Aggieland played host to the NCAA Women’s College Cup. Over 13,000 fans attended the event, which will return to College Station in December of 2009.

With dimensions of 115 yards by 75 yards, the regulation NCAA championship field features Tifway Bermuda grass, making it home to perhaps the finest playing surfaces in the country. With a state-of-the-art drainage system installed prior to the 2002 campaign, the surface can handle upwards of three inches of rain per hour, and make postponements and cancellations of practices and matches all but a thing of the past. The award-winning A&M grounds crew is responsible for field maintenance.

Aggie soccer enjoys incredible support from the community. From an average of 329 fans in the inaugural season in 1994, A&M soccer has boasted the second-largest attendance numbers the last three seasons, and led the nation in total attendance in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Over 150,000 fans have poured through the gates of the Aggie Soccer Stadium in just the past four seasons alone.