It might be an exaggeration to say FC Tucson and Pima County can move mountains in a day, but it's clear they can quickly remove a lot of topsoil.
Just one day after the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with FC Tucson for soccer fields at Kino Sports Complex, earth movers had already scraped off a couple inches of clay dirt from the infield of North Field No. 5. Fencing along the first base side had already been taken down as the field begins its transformation from baseball diamond to new home of Tucson's semi-pro soccer team.
With a month to go before the home opener of FC Tucson's inaugural season, there's little time to waste and plenty of alterations to be made.
"They're really working hard. They're starting first thing in the morning every day and getting after it," FC Tucson coach Rick Schantz said during a tour of the facilities Wednesday. "They've been phenomenal. They've actually beaten all of the deadlines we've given them."
The new field will run north-south with the bleachers on the west side and the team benches on the east side.
"One of the things we have to solidify is the number of bleacher seats that we are going to get at the beginning of the season," FC Tucson co-managing partner Greg Foster said. "We've asked the county to plan for 2,000 seats. If we had 2,000 seats, I think that our hope would be that we would sort of build from a point of maybe a thousand spectators a game. And we'd sure like to get up to that 2,000 number relatively quickly."