NORTHBRIDGE, Mass. — Lasell Field will get new sod in the spring along with a cut in sports usage, the Northbridge School Committee was told Tuesday.
The move, which will displace Northbridge High School lacrosse for a season, is designed to improve conditions at Lasell, the only town athletic field with lights.
Northbridge voters last year opposed a plan to put artificial turf on the field.
Before this year, more than 200 games were played annually on Lasell Field. Use of the field will now be limited to Northbridge High School varsity football and lacrosse, along with a night game each for boys soccer and girls field hockey, said Paul Halacy, director of facilities for the school department.
Pop Warner football, nonvarsity high school teams and other town leagues are no longer allowed to use Lasell.
"It's an expensive Band-Aid," School Committee member Tom Doiron said of the sod. "We're just going to have to fix it again in a couple years."
The sod should be put down in April to give it two seasons to grow before football starts in the fall, Halacy said.
"All you're going to get if you put it in in the summer is crabgrass," he added.