UPDATED: August 6, 2008
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Finnesey Field is receiving a huge upgrade this summer. Starting June 6, construction for a new turf field on Finnesey Field will begin as well as resurfacing for the surrounding track. Finnesey Field and Track will be home to six sports for the 2008-09 season.
"The women's soccer program is excited for the opportunity to play on a surface that is conducive to soccer," said head coach Jess Reynolds. "We are excited to have a premier facility for the student athletes, we now have a facility that is competitive we the schools in the region. With the addition of the field and all of the [additional renovations to existing] facilities, it will help tremendously with recruiting."
The former turf on the field was laid in 2001 showed signs of aging due to constant wear and tear. Home to the men's and women's soccer and lacrosse teams as well as the field hockey squad, the field itself has been home to the Hawks for all those sports including recreation and intramural sports and short stins by the baseball and softball teams and the now defunct football squad.
The Finnesey Field Track will be resurfaced as part of the renovations. The track opened in conjunction of the stadium in 1929, which was to be used for a 70,000 seat football stadium. Although not used for any track competitions, the track does serve as the main practice facility of the men's and women's track & field squads.
The turf to be laid down is TigerTurf. It is approved by FIFA, the main ruling body of the world's game, soccer. Additionally, the surface provides adequate use for lacrosse as well. The field will be completed by August 31st in time for the soccer seasons to commence.
Alternatively, the field hockey team will not use Finnesey Field and play its games at Drexel University's Buckley Field next year in wait of its new field across City Avenue at the current Episcopal Academy football field on the newly-named Maguire Campus in 2009. That field space will also house the SJU softball team, which are tentatively set to play on campus in the Spring 2009 for the first time in program history.
Construction is being done by Sport Construction Group--the installers of the turf field at M&T Stadium, home of the NFL's Baltimore Ravens--and should be completed by the end of August.
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