New women’s soccer team and cross-country team will also practice there
Karen L. Gould, president of Brooklyn College, along with several elected officials, officially opened the college’s new athletic field last Wednesday, marking another milestone in the transformation of its 26-acre campus.
The athletic field, which replaces the field that was originally built in 1937 and overhauled in 1975, meets NCAA regulations for soccer and softball, and will provide a home for the college’s soccer and softball teams, which had been practicing and playing off campus for several years. The new field has also enabled the college to add a women’s soccer team, which will compete for the first time this fall.
“This new field, built in record time, is a terrific addition to our campus,” President Gould said. “It will be wonderful for our softball and soccer teams, including our brand new women’s soccer team, to practice and compete on their home turf.”
“I’m also a Brooklyn College alumna,” said Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs, “and each time I come back I see the college getting better and better…. I’m glad to be part of the event today and thankful that we (the Assembly) were able to significantly support this project.”
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz noted how much the college has changed since he graduated back in 1970. “I hardly recognize the campus with all these improvements. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is that it still provides its students with what they need for their education.”
Addressing the students at the event, he added: “You are very fortunate to have these new facilities available to your generation…. And the college will have its first women’s soccer team, which I’m sure will soon be running laps around their opponents…. Together with the film program due to open in 2014, we’re living a very exciting moment in the history of Brooklyn College.
“This newest project puts another feather in President Gould’s cap,” declared Markowitz.
In addition to providing a home for the softball and soccer teams, the field and surrounding three-lane track will be used for a variety of physical education courses as well as recreation. The men’s and women’s cross-country teams will also use the track for practice.
The athletic field is adjacent to the West Quad Center, opened in 2009, which houses the Department of Physical Education and Exercise Science, and the Office of Recreation, Intramurals and Intercollegiate Athletics. It includes a 11,700-square-foot competition gym; a 67 ft. x 75 ft. swimming pool; a two-court practice gym striped for basketball, volleyball, and badminton, and separated by movable partitions; a 2,400-square-foot fitness room equipped with free weights and aerobic machines; racquetball and squash courts; and training and equipment rooms.
Construction of the athletic field began in August 2011 and was completed last month. With a total area of 105,500 square feet, the field is 355 ft. long and 250 ft. wide. The project’s total cost was $4.5 million.