The Maryland SoccerPlex, at 18031 Central Park Circle in Boyds, has earned "Field of the Year Award" honors from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), the professional association of 2,600 men and women who manage sports fields worldwide.
The award recognized the superb quality of the playing surface at Maureen Hendricks Field, the SoccerPlex's showcase stadium and the home of the Washington Spirit of the National Women's Soccer League. It also hosts many other youth, college and professional soccer matches annually, with D.C. United, the Atlantic Coast Conference and the University of Maryland having hosted events in recent years.
STMA ranks Maureen Hendricks Field as the top playing surface among eligible professional soccer venues, an honor previously bestowed on world-class facilities such as Columbus Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH; Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, CO; and Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX.
A panel of 11 judges independently scored entries based on playability, appearance of surfaces, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program.