Randolph College’s new multi-purpose playing field and track serves as the home of the WildCats soccer and lacrosse programs, as well as the campus community.
The new facility, which features a synthetic turf playing field and an eight lane all-weather track, is lit to provide for night-time competition and practice. The complex includes permanent seating, a press box, and a concession area.
The College’s Board of Trustees approved the construction of a new field and track for the campus. Construction of the new facility began on May 16, 2008. In announcing the plans, President John E. Klein said the multi-purpose complex “will support our teams’ practices and competitions, as well as our community’s needs for wellness and intramural and physical education activities.”
This project helps meet an immediate athletic and recreational need on campus while the College continues to develop its long range facilities master plan. The plan will allow the College to identify and prioritize the critical needs of the institution as it grows to an anticipated 1,200 student enrollment (residential and day students) over time.
The Facilities Master Plan committee spent a year identifying needs which include academic spaces, social and residential facilities, and athletic spaces. The completed project provides the College with a long-term facilities plan that will work hand in hand with the institution’s strategic plan to guide the College’s future growth.
The new field is now used by many students, including those on athletic teams (especially soccer and lacrosse), in physical education classes, and in intramural/social sports. The multi-purpose field has synthetic turf, allowing maximum use of the field throughout all seasons. Lighting the field adds a great deal of vitality to campus. Not only is the College able to schedule night games but lighting allows additional scheduling of practice times and intramurals.
The new facility meets the needs for NCAA track and field competition should the College decide to add a track team to its athletic roster. The complex is available to host high school track meets, special community events (such as Relay for Life), and conference and NCAA championship track meets. The complex includes permanent seating, restrooms, a press box, and a concession stand.