Student-athletes and the college’s Athletics Department are looking forward to all of the opportunities and benefits that a new turf field and stadium will bring starting next summer.
In September, the college announced the construction of an NCAA-compliant 225-by-360-foot all-weather synthetic turf field along with a press box, bleachers for 1,000 fans and full stadium lighting to be completed by the summer of 2015.
“Having a turf facility for our athletics program will be an invaluable resource,” said Director of Athletics Sue Viscomi. “Given the weather challenges, having a synthetic surface with lights affords us much more flexibility with both practices and games. It will provide our student-athletes the opportunity to compete on equal footing with our opponents.”
The $2.37 million turf facility will be located between the two game fields for soccer and softball, across Sheldon Avenue from Romney Field House.
Appel Osborne Landscape Architecture consulted for the project while Robert H. Law Inc. was awarded the bid and began preparations to the site in the fall. The college’s Office of Major Projects is overseeing the project with Bob Lloyd ’81 M’90 as project manager.
On the turf, lines for soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and field hockey will be permanently inlaid on the playing surface. The center logo will be Oswego State athletics’ word mark, which will stretch from just above one lacrosse offensive zone to the other.
Across from the bleachers, on the opposite side of the facility, will be a brand-new 16-foot LED scoreboard with a color electronic message display. Spread out on each side of the scoreboard will be two lighting structures, which will be mirrored on the bleacher side as well.
The improvements will dramatically increase opportunities to widen the visibility of field sports at SUNY Oswego, accommodating more fans at events and media to broadcast games.