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Randolph College Begins Construction on New Field and Track

Facility will enhance opportunities for all community members

5/16/2008 12:57:10 PM


Artist's rendering of the new field and track complex

Lynchburg, VA – The WildCat Den — home of the Randolph College Athletics Department—is expanding.

At its recent board meeting, the College’s Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new field and track, scheduled to begin within the next few weeks.

The new multi-purpose complex will feature a synthetic turf playing field (for lacrosse and soccer) as well as an eight-lane, all-weather track. In addition to being home to several WildCat varsity sports, the facility will be open to all students, student-athletes, and Randolph community members.

“The new field and track will support our teams’ practices and competitions, as well as our community’s needs for wellness and intramural and physical education activities,” says Randolph College President John E. Klein.

This project will help meet an immediate athletic and recreational need on campus while the College continues to develop its long range facilities master plan. The plan, scheduled to be presented to Trustees in the fall, will allow the College to identify and prioritize the critical needs of the institution as it grows to an anticipated 1,200 enrollment (residential and day students) over time.

The Facilities Master Plan committee has spent the past year identifying needs which include academic spaces, social and residential facilities, and athletic spaces. The completed project will provide the College with a long-term facilities plan that will work hand in hand with the institution’s strategic plan to guide the College’s future growth.

Interim Athletics Director Heather Somers is eager for the project to begin. “We are extremely excited about all of the elements that this new facility will add to our campus,” says Somers. “Not only will it be a state-of-the-art athletic facility, but it will provide a safe space for all members of our College community to exercise and participate in intramurals.”

The facility — which will be built below the tennis courts in the area of the existing lower playing field — will be used for varsity practices and competitions, physical education classes, intramural sport activities, and for hosting community and College events.

Also included in the complex’s plans are a press box, restrooms, and a concession area. The facility will be lit to provide opportunities for night time practices, competitions, and community events.

“The benefit is tremendous,” explains Associate Athletics Director and Head Women’s Soccer Coach Kevin Porterfield. “It will allow for recreational activities of all types to take place during the evenings as well as allow our physical education program to expand its offerings of lifetime wellness activities.”

In addition to the all-weather and safety components of the new field and track, the facility has environmentally-friendly aspects as well. The infill of the synthetic turf is created from recycled rubber tires and does not require the use of pesticides, fertilizers, or herbicides.

The complex, which will meet NCAA competition regulations, will also be available to host high school track meets, special community events, and conference and NCAA championship events.

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