Trinity Athletic Teams Excited About New Facilities And Fields

Trinity Athletic Teams Excited About New Facilities And Fields

Hartford, Conn. – Trinity’s 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 venues at Trinity consist of a Field Turf baseball field, a natural-grass softball field, and a new sand-based, natural-grass soccer field, a renovated Jessee/Miller Field, Trinity’s all-weather Field Turf football/men's lacrosse field and 400-meter synthetic running track, a new track and field areas for jumping and throwing events.  The new fields are tiered in elevation to blend into the natural contours of the site, and a network of lit walkways has been provided to improve flow through the athletic complex.  The $ 6.2 million project to construct the new baseball, softball, and soccer fields was funded entirely through the generosity of donations from the Trinity community.

“I couldn’t be happier with the new stadium," said Trinity Head Baseball Coach Bryan Adamski. "The facility has created excitement amongst our players and alumni and we are honored to call such a beautiful field our home.  The turf will allow us to get outside earlier in the year and better develop our student-athletes while at Trinity.”

The baseball field surface is a synthetic Field Turf over a free-draining stone base with underdrains. A sand and rubber infill mix is installed in a firm condition for a consistent ball bounce.  The pitching areas remain as natural clay, while all other areas are synthetic turf.  The dimensions of the diamond are 330’ to right and left field and 400’ to center field.  The field amenities include new in ground dugouts, a 750-seat grandstand and press box and a new net backstop and black vinyl coated chain link fencing with a 25’ high batter’s eye in center field.  The dugouts feature two tiered-seating benches, bat and helmet cubbies and storage shelving.  The grandstands have slip resistant aluminum decking and flip-up chair seating in the central area behind home plate.  A new enclosed press box sits atop the stands for use by coaches, press and filming.  A new scoreboard was provided to match the new stadium features, and the field is lit by six Musco sports light towers to 70 FC in the infield and 50 FC in the outfield.  

"The new facility means a great deal to our program," said Trinity Head Softball Coach Caitlin Hitchcock. "It not only gives our current players the opportunity to play on a beautiful new field but it shows any prospective players that our program continues to move in the right direction. It's so exciting to see this project come to fruition and our program will benefit from it for years to come. It's going to be an amazing first season on our new field, we just can't wait."

The softball field, 200’ to right and left field and 220’ in center field, is a precision-graded, natural-grass field.  The grass areas are underdrained and irrigated to provide the most consistent playing surface.  The softball venue is accompanied by above-ground dugouts with two-tiered seating benches, bat and helmet cubbies and storage shelving.  An all-weather synthetic surface was installed for the new hitting cages.  The softball venue utilizes the existing bench seating on the hillside on the east side of the athletic complex currently used for the existing soccer field.  A new net/padded backstop and 6’ high black vinyl chain-link fencing accompanies the new field surface to complete the venue.

"The new soccer complex will not only provide our team with one of the top facilities in NESCAC, but it will be one of the best in New England," said Trinity Head Women's Soccer Coach Michael Smith.  "It, along with our amazing locker room, will give us a recruiting edge and will serve to boost team moral and overall pride in the program. The players are excited to play on it next fall.

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.  

"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," added 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 previous football/men's lacrosse synthetic turf was replaced by new state of the art Field Turf surface for football and lacrosse.  The existing underdrainage system was enhanced to provide greater retention of rain events.  A new scoreboard with video play capability was added at the south of the field.  Encircling historic Jessee/Miller Field, the nation's ninth-oldest college football venue, is the new running track with Beynon BSS 1000 full pour polyurethane resilient surfacing. New jump areas and throw fields complete with modern safety equipment were also provided to allow NCAA track and field events to be hosted at Trinity.  Four new Musco light towers provide 50-foot candles of light to the field and track area.  Two of the new light poles are shared with Sheppard Field, Trinity's Astro Turf field for field hockey and women's lacrosse, and the light technology was upgraded to half of the field hockey playing surface as well.

"We are thrilled that our track complex is finished, and we think that we have one of the finest outdoor facilities in the country," said Trinity Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach George Suitor.  "It is great to train on and we think it is a fast surface that will produce great performances.  With multiple jumping and throwing areas it will allow us to run meets in a timely fashion and also allow spectators a great place to view all of the throwing and jumping events.  We will host one college meet this spring and next year allow us to go back to hosting the Trinity High School Invitational that was so popular years ago.  Next year we host the NESCAC Championship Meet along with our college invitational and our high school meet.  The addition of the field lights and the video scoreboard have only added to making the facility one of the finest in the country."