This week, Dartmouth Now is featuring stories published in the spring 2011 issue of Dartmouth Life, which is focused on athletics. To see all the stories posted from this “Sports Special” issue, click the Dartmouth Life Sports Special tag at the end of this article.
Since 2000, Dartmouth has invested more than $80 million in its athletics facilities (see sidebar for more details). New construction includes the Boss Tennis Center, Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse, and Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park. Improvements include the Zimmerman Fitness Center in Alumni Gym, Leverone Fieldhouse, and the resurfacing of Memorial Field and track.
“It’s essential to provide coaches and student-athletes with high-quality training and competition venues to help them reach their potential,” says Deputy Director of Athletics Bob Ceplikas ’78. “It’s equally important that the entire student body has access to fitness and recreation facilities that promote wellness, relieve stress, and complement their academic experiences.”
Recent Major Investments in Athletics Facilities• Scully-Fahey Field $4M (2000) • Boss Tennis Center/Gordon Pavilion $7.5M (2000) • Blackman Practice Fields $750K (2000) • Leverone Fieldhouse renovation $5.3M (2001) • McLane Lodge and Skiway improvements $4.5M (2001) • Hanover Country Club renovation $3M (2002) • International Squash Court conversions $1M (2002) • Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse and fields $3.3M (2005) • Alumni Gym Renovation and Zimmerman Fitness Center $16M (2006) • Resurfacing of Memorial Field and track $2.8M (2006) • Resurfacing of Leede Arena $350K (2007) • Floren Varsity House and East Stands $19.5M (2007) • Burnham Soccer Field and Sports Pavilion $8M (2007-08) • FieldTurf™ installed in Scully-Fahey Field $750K+ (2008) • Chase AstroTurf™ and natural grass fields, located to the immediate south of Burnham Soccer Field $2.4M (2008) • Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park $5.2M (2009)
Even with many major projects complete, Dartmouth’s commitment to those goals continues. Current projects include:
Basketball upgradesConstruction is currently under way in the John Berry Sports Center to provide the men’s and women’s basketball programs with more efficient office space for coaches, team meeting space for video review, and a convenient, comfortable area for post-game receptions. The teams’ locker rooms will also be expanded and equipped with new ventilation systems. New championship and Ivy League banners will be hung from the ceiling of Leede Arena, and players, spectators, and recruits alike will see Dartmouth’s commitment to excellence in basketball.
Memorial Field lightsNew lighting and sound systems at Memorial Field will be installed this summer, in time for the 2011 football season. In addition to extending practice hours for a wide range of varsity and club sports, the stadium can host up to five evening events each year. Both systems will utilize the latest technology to minimize the impact of light and sound on the adjacent neighborhood. The project is funded by Chris Jenny ’77 and his wife, Andi, along with other generous donors to Friends of Dartmouth Football.
Construction on Dartmouth’s new softball park is slated to begin in September 2011.