Mount Holyoke has announced plans to build a new track and field complex, a priority of the recently launched Campaign for Mount Holyoke. This project is part of a $10 million Campaign effort to update the College's athletic facilities.
The College is constructing a synthetic multipurpose turf field with lights surrounded by an eight-lane track with a nine-lane straightaway. The synthetic turf athletic field will be for various uses, but it is expected to be used mostly for field hockey, lacrosse, and, occasionally, soccer. Also slated is the addition of lights to an existing grass playing field along with the expansion of another field to accommodate rugby. The larger track will allow MHC to host NCAA-sanctioned events and NEWMAC competitions.
"We are pleased to have the College support our new sports and fitness facilities," said Laurie Priest, director of athletics and chair of physical education and athletics. "These state-of-the-art facilities will be a great addition to our campus and will help to maintain our competitive edge and attract top scholar-athletes to Mount Holyoke."
The College hopes to begin construction soon on the $4.8 million project and expects it to be completed by mid-August. The new track and field complex will be located on the existing practice field at the eastern end of the outdoor playing fields at Woodbridge Street, Silver Street, and Dunlap Place.
Other athletics projects slated for the future include improvements to the Kendall Sports and Dance Complex and a new boathouse.