PHILADELPHIA – This fall, Penn Soccer will return to Penn and a renovated Rhodes Field, as a wide-ranging construction project has recently begun down at the River Fields section of Penn’s campus.
Originally opened in 2002, Rhodes Field has become a destination for elite soccer players – whether competing for the Red and Blue or training as part of the litany of teams which have chosen Rhodes Field to prepare for professional and international matches.
This summer, as part of a joint construction project to construct the new stadium for the field hockey program, Rhodes Field will be reborn with many new features to enhance the experience for both the Quakers who don Penn kits and the fans that support them.
The playing surface has been shifted 90 feet to the South, and will still feature the renowned Bermuda grass – a playing surface which has brought the likes of the United States and Colombian Men’s National Teams and Major League Soccer’s Philadelphia Union and L.A. Galaxy to Rhodes Field for training camps in recent years.
Surrounding the Quakers’ home field will be many new vantage points to take in the game. Behind the south goal, fans will be able to watch the action from an elevated viewpoint which is between Rhodes Field and the field hockey stadium. Fans will be able to watch the play come towards them, and entertain a goalkeeper’s view of the action.
Along the sidelines, a new picnic grove will be added along the southeast quadrant of the field, allowing for families to watch play from field level. Along the west sideline, behind the bench areas, fans can take advantage of the elevated berms which will offer a beautiful view of both game play on Rhodes Field and of Philadelphia’s Center City skyline.
Along Rhodes Field’s southwest 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 at Rhodes Field. 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.
Construction will continue throughout the summer, completing before the Quakers return to prepare for the 2013 season.