Anonymous gift brings turf to Hartley Field

Oct 24, 2010 by

One of two soccer fields at Pat Hartley Field will sport artificial turf after construction is complete this summer.

The field to receive turf is the west field and it will be striped for both soccer and football. The Apache football team will utilize the turf field for practices while men’s and women’s soccer teams will practice and play home matches there if rain prevents use of the east field, which will remain natural grass.

The project is being made possible by an anonymous gift of more than half of the estimated construction cost of $1.5 million.

The field will also be used as a practice facility by the Apache Marching Band.

If private funding were secured, the College would consider moving Apache football home games to the field, said Dr. Tim Drain, director of intercollegiate athletics.

“We have discussed the attraction of having home football games played on our main campus and we would love to see that happen if the circumstances allow it,” Drain said. “But just having this turf field helps the band, will reduce maintenance costs to the facility and will give football and soccer an additional option if rain is a problem.”

Construction is to be completed by the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year.



Fall 2010, News, On Campus

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