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Artificial turf coming to the APlex

ALPENA, Mich. — The APlex in Alpena will soon be upgrading it’s facilities to include artificial turf. Athletes in the area will have the opportunity to participate in sports usually played only in the warmer months. This includes soccer, baseball, softball, and more.

Facility Manager, Norm Sommerfeld says this new surface is going to keep those who play these sports on their game. “Our kids kind of get cheated out of a lot of time on baseball and softball fields and soccer fields waiting for winter to end,” he said. “This is going to give them an opportunity starting in October all the way through until they can get on their normal fields for their normal season.”

Along with these sports, Sommerfeld explained that the new surface will support a number of other activities as well. “There’s many things that we can do on it. We can have family reunions. We even have a cheerleader camp that’s talking about coming. It’s going to add a whole new bunch of clients to this place and some of them have never ever been here before.”

The new surface will be available for rent on weekends. It’s still being set up, but Sommerfeld added that they’re just waiting for some tools to arrive and he’s looking for it to be ready by Feb. 28.