May. 02, 2012

College breaks ground on new stadium

stadium groundbreaking

The college broke ground on the new Geneseo Athletic Stadium on April 28. From left to right are: Dan Loughran '86, chair of the Roundtable Athletic Association; Frank Vafier '74, Geneseo Foundation board member and chair of Shaping Lives of Purpose: The Campaign for Geneseo; Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life; Mike Mooney, director of intercollegiate athletics and recreation; Christopher C. Dahl, SUNY Geneseo president; Carly Annable '13, incoming Student Association President; Ed O'Hara, landscape architect with Clough Harbour and Associates, stadium architect; Dan Strang, distinguished service professor of economics and NCAA faculty athletics representative; and Tom Judson, chairman and CEO of The Pike Co., construction partner. /PHOTO BY KEITH WALTERS '11

 

On April 28, the college officially broke ground on a new 2,000-seat lighted athletic stadium, scheduled for completion in 2014.

The new facility will comprise two fields and support men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, women's field hockey and intramural programs. It also will be a venue for other campus events, including future commencement ceremonies.

"I can't recall a more exciting time at Geneseo," said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation Mike Mooney. "This stadium is the last piece of the puzzle in our effort to produce a great athletic program. It will allow us to even the playing field in attracting top student-athletes as well as all prospective students considering Geneseo."

The new stadium will be constructed on the site of the existing Holcomb Building at Route 63 and Park Street. Holcomb will be razed to accommodate the stadium, which will have synthetic turf fields and include a scoreboard, press box building, pavilion, team rooms and a spectator support building.

"This is an important milestone for our campus and my anticipation will soon turn to the day our Blue Knights take to the field for the first time in their new home," said President Christopher C. Dahl. "Athletics offer a glimpse into our values, principles and priorities that define Geneseo and what we mean by ‘student athlete.'"

The stadium is a continuation of the athletic master plan that began in 2004 and includes completed renovation of Schrader Gymnasium, the all-weather track and field complex, eight new tennis courts and redesigned softball fields.

The two planned synthetic fields at the stadium will allow students to practice, train and compete on a quality surface — no matter what the New York weather is, said Mooney.

"This occasion truly marks the start of a new era in the history of the Blue Knights athletic program, said Dan Loughran '86, chairman of the Roundtable Athletic Association. "It also signals the beginning of yet another exciting transformation on campus."