Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College outdoor athletic fields look very different today than at this time last year and even vastly different than at the end of the 2016 fall playing season. No less than eight Bantam teams have been or will be playing and practicing on newly-renovated or newly-constructed fields during the current academic year.
The new fields at Trinity consist of Jessee/Miller Field, an all-weather Field Turf football/men's lacrosse field and 400-meter synthetic running track, a Field Turf baseball field, a natural-grass softball field and a new sand-based, natural-grass soccer field. The fields are tiered in elevation to blend into the natural contours of the site. A network of lit walkways have been provided to improve flow through the athletic complex.
"Obviously, it's such a jump start for our program to have not only a new field, but with the lights, press box, the whole complex will be a recruiting tool as well as an amazing place to play," said Trinity Men's Soccer Coach Mike Pilger. "It's awesome that we got a natural grass surface, which suits our playing style and makes for a much more appealing brand of soccer. The alumni, players, and coaches are thrilled it turned out the way it has. It's beautiful!"
The 245' x 390' soccer field can be striped at the NCAA-recommended 225' x 360'. It is a premium sand-based Kentucky Bluegrass sodded field with underdrainage and irrigation. Soccer matches will be playable during rainfall events on this surface, as this type of field provides efficient vertical drainage. The field is accompanied by a 350-seat bleacher system and a new enclosed press box for use by coaches, press and filming. A new scoreboard was provided to match the new stadium features. The field is lit by four Musco sports light towers to 50 FC. Utilizing their control link system, lights can be controlled remotely from any computer or cell phone.