PHILADELPHIA – A new era for Penn’s field hockey program will begin this September with the opening of a new stadium in Penn’s River Fields area – the first field-hockey only field in Penn history.
Complete with Astroturf, the new stadium is part of an extensive expansion project at the River Fields, with Rhodes Field – the home to Penn men’s and women’s soccer also undergoing renovations this summer.
Lined solely for field hockey, the new facility will provide Penn’s field hockey program with a state-of-the art facility primed to host international competition in addition to its normal use as home to the Quakers.
Fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the game like they have never before, with bleachers along the east sideline set right adjacent to the playing surface. Along the north side of the field, a brick lined walkway will allow for a behind-the-cage angle for fans, also allowing for potential “double duty” cheering on Penn’s soccer programs which will play right next door.
Along the stadium’s northwest corner, a new state-of-the-art video scoreboard will be installed. The 9.5’x21’ LED video scoreboard will allow for fans to stay in tune with all of the game action like never before. Located between the soccer and field hockey playing surfaces, the video scoreboard will be mounted on a 12’ high support frame which can be rotated 180 degrees to service both playing areas during game action.
Players and coaches will be able to stand out of the elements as the season goes on with roofed team areas on the west sideline, surrounding a scoring and media area.
Construction will continue throughout the summer, completing before the Quakers return to prepare for the 2013 season.