DelVal dedicates a new, multi-sport artificial turf field

Sep 07, 2013

Robert Lipinksi

Trustee Robert Lipinski '80, made the renovation of the field possible through a seven-figure lead gift.

Delaware Valley College has converted the Robert A. Lipinski field at James Work Memorial Stadium from grass to a multi-sport artificial turf field, which is allowing the College to add new sports and better serve its students. The College dedicated the new turf field at the first home football game of the season on Saturday, Sept. 7.  

During the ceremony, DelVal honored College Trustee Robert Lipinski '80, for making the renovation possible. Lipinski, whose name was on the field from a previous gift, made a seven-figure lead gift to the College’s “Realizing the Vision” capital campaign, to fund the renovation.

"It makes me so proud to be part of Realizing The Vision and moving this college forward," said Lipinski at the ceremony. "Let's break in this field right and bring home a win."

The football team performed well during its first game on the new field, beating Rowan University 35-27.

The College decided to upgrade athletic facilities because sports are an important part of the experience for nearly 40 percent of DelVal students.

“The field is going to improve the experience for all of our students and will be used by intramurals and for recreation for students, staff, and faculty as well,” said DelVal Athletic Director Steve Cantrell. “It’s about much more than a nice, new playing surface; the turf field is going to help us with attracting and retaining top students.”

The new field includes a three-lane recreational jogging track and can be used for several sports including: men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and football, plus intramurals.

Cantrell said the project has addressed needs of existing sports and is allowing the College to add new sports.

“The sport of field hockey has moved almost exclusively to turf and we were facing scheduling problems without having a turf field,” said Cantrell. “This field gives those athletes a place to compete and practice. We’re also adding men’s and women’s lacrosse for the 2014 to 2015 season, which we couldn’t have done without the artificial turf.”

The College worked with architecture and engineering firm Taylor Wiseman & Taylor of Chalfont, Pa., and Clark Companies of New York on the project. Clark Companies has installed fields for clients such as Princeton University, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and World Cup and Olympic venues.

The field is just one part of the College’s plan to upgrade athletic facilities. Future phases include improvements such as: renovating the stadium with better seating and media spaces, and a second turf field on the other side of the SEPTA Line with an eight-lane NCAA regulation track.