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Photos: Northwestern football lakefront practice field, lacrosse's Martin Stadium nearing completion

The lacrosse field is expected to be ready for the March 8 home opener.

EVANSTON — Northwestern football's new outdoor practice field located off the shore of Lake Michigan is nearing completion. Here is a photo taken of the new turf Monday:

hucheson midfield

The building seen in the picture to the west of the field is not an athletics building, it's the Kellogg School of Management's Global Hub.

The only thing holding up the completion of the new football practice field, Hutcheson Field, is an issue with the south end zone:

Hucheson south end zone

If construction on the end zone finishes up before the end of spring practice (April 9), Northwestern may soon practice on Hutcheson Field for the first time.

The north end zone borders the south end of Martin Stadium, the new home of Northwestern lacrosse and soccer. Construction workers are still putting the finishing touches on a few aspects of the complex:

Martin Stadium south

Here's a view from the north:

Martin Stadium construction north

Northwestern lacrosse opens its home slate on Tuesday, March 8 at 3 p.m. vs. Marquette, and the program expects to play the game at Martin Stadium. A Northwestern Athletics spokesperson told Inside NU Monday that "work continues on a variety of elements around the site, but the venue is expected to be operational on March 8."

The program tweeted out a picture of the scoreboard from the inside on Monday:

The lights also came on for the first time Monday night:

Martin Stadium lights

Photo: Northwestern Athletics

Here are a few more pictures of the two fields:

hucheson field martin stadium

hucheson field

lakefront fields panorama 1

lakefront fields panorama 2


Photos, unless otherwise noted: Henry Bushnell

Northwestern Athletics also released a video last week that features a virtual look inside the to-be-completed Ryan Fieldhouse: