Friday, July 22, 2005

Facilities Update

The Centennial Conference members continue to improve their facilities for athletics and recreation.

Haverford's Douglas B. Gardner Integrated Athletic Center is scheduled to be christened in mid-November for the opening of the basketball season. But we're hearing that a mid-October date is not out of the question.

There will be a new surface on Homewood Field at Johns Hopkins this fall. To accommodate a bigger field, the track will be eliminated. A new track is in the works, but a site has not been determined. The area outside the field's fence will be paved and available to recreational users, though it won't be a cushioned track at a standardized distance. Homewood is scheduled to reopen on August 15.

McDaniel has built brand-new tennis courts and venues for field events. The tennis courts are located next to Bair Stadium, while the field venues will be completed along Harvey Stone road and the adjoining softball diamond.

One of the most storied field hockey programs in the country is making the switch from natural grass to turf, as Ursinus builds the Eleanor Frost Snell Field. The artificial turf playing surface is being installed at the site of the former baseball field at the West side of campus and will be dedicated to field hockey and lacrosse.

Washington College is in the process of replacing Kibler Field with a brick stadium with seating for 1,500 spectators. A synthetic grass field will provide a state-of-the-art, all-weather playing surface. Stadium lights will make the facility usable at any time of the day or night.

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