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Rosemont lacrosse programs to play on the first gray turf fields in the nation

Wednesday, 26th June 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/26/13
From Press Release

Rosemont turf

A sketch of the Rosemont gray turf

Rosemont College’s men’s and women’s lacrosse teams will be playing next year on what is believed to be the first gray turf field in the country.

In June, construction crews began work on installing the full gray synthetic turf multi-purpose field. The field is part of a $2.3 million project will be completed by mid-August, according to Lynn Rothenhoefer, Rosemont’s director of athletics.
Why the decision to go gray?

“It screams Rosemont,” said Rothenhoefer. “The Athletic program is growing and that is what we want to reflect. It shows our commitment to athletics and our uniqueness. Selecting gray is also about showing our programs’ pride. It honors the Rosemont colors – maroon and gray, and is, without a doubt, memorable. Whether you played on it, cheered on our Ravens at a game, or came on our campus for a visit – you will remember Rosemont’s field.”

“The new gray field will be ready for its first event in late August and is a big step forward for the College,” said President Hirsh. “The multi-purpose field will be used for women’s and men’s soccer and lacrosse,” Hirsh explained, “The student athletes are thrilled about the upgrades and are eager to play on the all new fields.”

The new synthetic field, also for soccer, will help Rosemont be more competitive.

“It will also be a big draw for recruiting that we have one of the most distinctive fields throughout the conference. This is a major, major plus for Rosemont,” said Hirsh.

The construction will reposition Rosemont’s soccer/lacrosse and softball fields so that play can occur on both fields simultaneously. The full turf carpet will measure 128 yds. X 80 yds. and will meet all NCAA field dimensions.

Rosemont College is proud to have partnered with Kimmel-Bogrette Architecture + Site, Conshocken, PA, Dale Corp., Glenside, PA, Shaw Sports Turf, Calhoun, GA, and Schlouch Inc., Blandon, PA, to design, build and install the new fields.

The first step of the project was to remove the trees necessary for the repositioning of the fields. In accordance with the site plan developed in cooperation with the College’s neighbors and approved by Lower Merion Township, 72 trees were removed from the site. At the end of the project, 134 trees will be replanted, along with extensive shrubbery, perennials and ground cover. One of the final phases of the project will include the installation of lights, as approved by the Township.

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