June 6, 2007
Providence, RI - Brown University has broken ground on two new Field Turf/Prestige football practice fields to replace the existing grass football practice fields at the Erickson Athletic Complex.
The two new lighted practice football fields, which will put Brown at the top of the Ivy League in practice facilities for its football program, will measure 370' x 380', and are expected to be completed by August 15, 2007. The Bears also have use of an adjacent grass field and a third Field Turf facility.
"The installation of Field Turf gives us a state-of-the-art football practice facility with two practice fields side-by-side," said Brown football coach Phil Estes. "Our program has been rewarded for our recent success with a unique practice facility that gives us the flexibility to reassess our practice schemes and have more flexibility in scheduling our practice sessions."
The two new Field Turf surfaces are also expected to be utilized for other varsity sports and Brown's extensive intramural and recreation program. The new complex was made possible by a generous lead gift from John Berylson `75.
The cost, which also includes the installation of 724 spectator seats on the existing turf field is $3 million. To date, the Brown Sports Foundation has raised $2.7 million towards this goal.
This additional seating will add greatly to the utility of the existing field, providing a high quality early season/bad weather game venue for the Brown men's and women's lacrosse programs. The Meister family (Rich '75, Steve, '76, John '79, and Charlie '81) and Bill Kavan '72 provided the lead gifts that made the field, and now the installation of spectator stands, possible.
The new fields are being installed by RAD, the same contractor that installed Brown's existing Field Turf and installed the Field Turf at Gillette Stadium. Gale Associates designed the field.