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$3.2 Million Multi-Sport Stadium to Open for Fall 2005

Worcester, MA – The proposed Multi-sport Stadium, looking toward Plourde Recreation Center. With more than $21 million raised toward the $30 million goal for the Centennial Campaign, the College announced plans to construct a $3.2 million multi-sport stadium, which will open for the start of the Fall 2005 semester. The stadium will be the key capital project of the second phase of the Campaign, for which plans include: endowment support for scholarships and financial aid grants; the Annual Fund; and capital projects. The stadium will be constructed on the current site of Assumption’s football/lacrosse field. The new facility will support six athletic teams (football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer and field hockey) and an outdoor intramural sports program on an infilled, synthetic turf field. It will include lights, elevated grandstand seating for approximately 1,200 spectators, a press box and president’s box. The stadium will also include a dedicated practice area to the north of the competition field. The construction of this stadium will maintain the existing baseball and softball/field hockey fields with some slight adjustments. “The construction of this facility will allow the College to remain competitive among our competitors in the Northeast-10 conference,” said Ted Paulauskas ’67, director of Athletics. “A lighted field will allow our teams the flexibility for night practices or games. The synthetic turf field with excellent drainage will enable us to play in inclement weather, which is currently impossible. In addition, our intramural and recreation department would be able to schedule organized, outdoor student recreational activities for the first time. Overall, this new facility will enhance the image of the College, will help bring prospective students on campus for other scheduled events and put an exclamation point on all the other significant and positive additions the College has made to its physical plant in the last decade.” Geoff Smith ’66, a member of the Board of Trustees and a former Greyhound soccer player, is serving as chair of the Athletics Capital Campaign Committee. “I am honored to be a part of this exciting project, which will quickly improve the perception of Assumption athletics,” Smith said. “I was surprised to learn that we do not currently have outdoor intramural activities. More than 70% of our students participate in intramurals, so this field will benefit a large portion of the entire student body. The local community will also be able to enjoy a facility that is well-equipped to host athletic events and league championship games under the lights.”

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