The Pat Paterson Fields is the home field of the men’s and women’s soccer and fastpitch softball teams at Hamline University. Paterson Fields give all three teams a valuable home field advantage as well as a superb playing surface. Incorporated in the fields is a state-of-the-art irrigation and natural turf system, which helps allow for extensive use for varsity games, athletic practices, and physical education classes. The fields are built with “Netlon Mesh Elements” which give it a variety of advantages - the most important being increased drainage of the turf, allowing for athletic play in all conditions. Mesh elements are made out of Polypropylene, which is non-toxic, insoluble, and non-absorbent, making the surface stable but not hard. Netlon is also self-cultivating and resists soil compaction. This causes the reduction of surface hardness, increased footing stability, increased stability for surface vehicle traffic, and significantly improved field drainage The same turf system used at Hamline was also used on the soccer fields at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Also included in the complex is a baseball practice infield and fastpitch softball field (Helen Meredith Field).
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