Dominican College is planning to construct a NCAA regulation size turf field, with a six-lane track surrounding the field, on the site of the current grass field near Forkel Hall. The project includes plans for permanent bleachers to seat 225 spectators, a press box, and a new scoreboard.
A fundraising campaign — called “dirt 2 turf” – aims to raise about $3 million for the project, which will benefit Dominican College men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams, as well as men’s and women’s cross-country, and track and field teams. It is hoped that construction will be completed sometime next year.
John Burke, V.P. for Student Development and Dean of Students, said it is critical to complete the project as soon as possible because the soccer and lacrosse teams need somewhere to play and practice. “Our current soccer field is in disrepair. The last two years we’ve had to go off campus for a number of matches because our field was not playable,” he said.
Senior Advancement Officer Sal Pennino said the fundraising campaign officially began with the Turf Field Kickoff event on November 30 with former soccer and lacrosse athletes. “The campaign, which is named dirt 2 turf, will be reaching out to community members, corporations, and our alumni for support in raising the necessary funding to complete the project,” he said. “Our hope is to have our alumni step forward and leave their legacy with their gift towards the construction of the turf field. Every gift matters, no matter how large, in order to bring a state-of-the-art field that will be used and enjoyed for generations to come,” he said.
The new turf field will have a number of naming opportunities to recognize the commitment and generosity of our donors. For more information about the new turf field and the dirt 2 turf campaign, visit https://dirt2turf.dc.edu/