The $5 million complex, construction for which began in the fall of 2016 and concluded in the fall of 2017, includes an artificial turf-surfaced and lighted field, an eight-lane track, a storage facility for equipment and a satellite athletic training room, and on-site parking.
In addition to serving as the home venue for the College's NCAA Division III Monks teams – especially the soccer, field hockey, track & field, and lacrosse programs – the site significantly bolsters southern Maine's available athletics facilities, becoming the first lighted turf/track college venue in southern Maine.
President James Dlugos, Ph.D. said, "We are proud that this facility will serve not only our student-athletes, but also the College recreation programs that engage the Lakes Region community and other outside groups from all over New England."
"This facility falls perfectly in line with our College's core values of Excellence and Community," said Saint Joseph's Athletics Director Brian Curtin. "It also fulfills our athletic department's principle of striving to provide the highest quality student-athlete experience possible."
A broad base of support rallied around the project. The College's Board of Trustees voted to provide seed money to kick off the project and a number of generous individual and corporate donors have offered support, including: Dead River Company, Cross Insurance, OA Centers for Orthopaedics-Spectrum Healthcare Partners, Prime Time Sports, Norway Savings Bank, the Dick Bailey Family, parents of Saint Joseph's students, and alumni.
Additionally, a Light the Way Challenge was proposed by the Putnam Family who very generously agreed to match 1:1 the dollars raised by Monks supporters toward the lights. The lights honor Saint Joseph's College student-life and student-athlete advocate Dick Bailey who has served as Dean of Students and the Softball Coach, and currently works as Co-Head Softball Coach. These lights enable the College to extend the hours of play, host tournament competitions, and recruit more scholar-athletes. Many generous gifts from alumni, staff, faculty, and parents reached and surpassed the challenge's goal to fund the lights.
SJC ATHLETICS COMPLEX QUICK FACTS
*Construction Completed: Fall 2017
*Dimensions: 84,000 Square Foot Turf Surface:
*Eight-lane, 400-meter track with
*Turf type: Greenfields MX
*Capacity: 300+ Bleacher Seating
*First Event: 9/13/17; Men's Soccer vs.