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This week we will build on what we learned last week to learn about drainage systems used at the Plex!
Let's get sandy
What's with all the sand? Well as we discussed last week, sand is better than soil at draining quickly because there is more "space" for the water to go. At the Maryland SoccerPlex we use 4 different drainage systems that use sand! 1 field is sand-based, 2 are sand-capped, 4 have sand drains, and 3 have sand channels. As we learned last week a sand-based field (like our Stadium field) is a field that consists of multiple inches of gravel over-top of the native soil base. The gravel helps with quicker drainage and keeps the sand layer as level as possible. Above the gravel level is the sand-level which is normally about 10 inches of sand. Let's take a look at sand-based drainage systems!