Project includes new lighted stadium, second turf field and renovated turf baseball facility
Loyola Blakefield will soon break ground on a new outdoor athletic complex to include a lighted stadium and renovated turf baseball field.
The new stadium will be built where grass practice fields currently reside, adjacent to Knott Hall. The multi-purpose athletic complex will feature two full-size turf fields lined for soccer, lacrosse, and rugby. The scope also includes permanent lighting and bleachers for the main playing field, as well as upgraded parking. In addition, the Dons’ baseball facility will be modernized with the installation of a synthetic playing surface, new seating areas, and the addition of a press box. The school hopes to have the primary elements of the project complete by the start of the 2021-22 academic year.
“We set our sights on these projects last year as a means to realize the full vision of our campus master plan,” said Blakefield president Anthony Day. “These enhancements will provide an immediate boost to our physical education and athletics programming. I’m grateful for the support the project has seen thus far, to the Bolte and Connor families who have taken the lead in providing the funds necessary for this transformation to come to life, and to all those who will play a leading role in this incredible transformation.”
The new project will eliminate the need for the Dons’ soccer and baseball teams to share the same space. Loyola’s current soccer pitch is the outfield of the baseball complex and the all grass surface has been difficult to maintain, especially when exposed to elements.
“Excellence at Loyola starts with an environment that is suited to success and growth,” said Loyola athletic director Brant Hall. “Meaningful investments in the experience of our students will not only provide the safest and most modern facilities for them to grow as student-athletes, but also a place they can proudly step onto and represent Loyola with pride.”
Pictured above: The new two-field turf stadium complex to be build at Loyola Blakefield this summer.