Sunny weather warmed a crowd of several hundred individuals who gathered on Friday afternoon for the new Pacific Lutheran University athletic fields groundbreaking ceremony.
The groundbreaking for the new athletic field marks a significant step in the transformation of PLU facilities for athletics and recreation.
The all-purpose synthetic turf field and the new grass field will serve the athletic, recreational, physical education and wellness needs of the entire community. Men's and women’s soccer programs will use the fields for practice and competition and football will utilize the fields for practice. Club sports, intramurals, academic activity courses and outdoor recreation will all have access to the field.
“The new fields will assist in leveling the playing field for athletics and recreation at PLU,” said Laurie Turner, director of athletics.
The long-held dream of multi-purpose athletic fields on lower campus took a major step toward reality in spring 2011 with a gift of $1 million from Wilson Construction and the Don and Kim Wilson family.
The project is expected to begin by the end of the month with the removal of trees on the site, with the wood from those trees to be used as campus building materials. More trees will be planted thoughout the campus to replace the trees that are removed.
Construction of the two fields is expected to be finished in time for fall athletic competition. Final cost is expected to be approximately $3.5 million.
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