Thursday September 25, 2014

New Turf Field, Stadium Being Built at SUNY-Oswego

Project's goal is to enhance visibility of field sports

    SUNY-Oswego student-athletes and the college's athletic department are looking forward to the opportunities and benefits that a new turf field and stadium will bring starting next summer.

    Construction recently began for an NCAA-compliant, all-weather synthetic turf field along with a press box, bleachers and full stadium lighting to be completed by the summer of 2015, according to Susan Viscomi, the college director of athletics.

    "Given the weather challenges, having a synthetic surface with lights afford 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," she said.

    The $2.37 million, 225-by-360-foot turf facility will be located between the two game fields for socc
    er and softball, across Sheldon Avenue from Romney Field House.

    The improvements will dramatically increase opportunities to widen the the visibility of field sports at SUNY-Oswego, accommodating more fans at events and media to broadcast games, according to Viscomi.

    The turf stadium will have permanent bleachers that will be built to accommodate 1,000 fans.