2006-2007

WPI to Renovate Alumni Field


WPI has announced plans to renovate Alumni Field, with construction scheduled to start in May and be completed by August. The project will include a new infill-system turf field, new bleachers and press box on the north side of the field, a new scoreboard, and a new field lighting system. The existing eight-lane track will be resurfaced. The new state-of-the-art outdoor sports facility will enhance field space for varsity field hockey, football, soccer, and track and field, while also providing an improved facility for club sports, intramural programs, and for recreational use by the WPI community.

New field, stands, press box, and lighting set to be installed by August

An artist's rendering of WPI's future athletic field and press box.

WORCESTER, Mass. – Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) has announced plans to renovate Alumni Field, with construction scheduled to start in May and be completed by August. The university has contracted with RAD Sports of Rockland, Mass., to perform the work. RAD Sports is a leader in athletic construction, most recently installing the new turf at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., home of the New England Patriots. Major support for the Alumni Field renovation has come from WPI alumni and friends, who have already committed more than $300,000 to the project.

The project will include a new infill-system turf field, new bleachers and press box on the north side of the field, a new scoreboard, and a new field lighting system. The existing eight-lane track will be resurfaced. The new state-of-the-art outdoor sports facility will enhance field space for varsity field hockey, football, soccer, and track and field, while also providing an improved facility for club sports, intramural programs, and for recreational use by the WPI community. The upgraded Alumni Field will allow WPI to host championships at the local, regional, and national level, notes Dana L. Harmon, WPI's director of physical education, recreation, and athletics.

"We are thrilled to be renovating this facility to enhance the sport experience for the WPI community," Harmon says. "Alumni Field is so important to the university's physical education, recreation, and athletic programs. With the upgrades, it will serve our needs very well for many years to come."

April 27, 2007

Contact: Lorraine U. Martinelle, Public Relations Specialist, +1-508-831-6425, lurbans@wpi.edu Eileen Brangan Mell, Director of Public Relations, +1-508-831-6785, ebmell@wpi.edu