Stony Brook University is building a new state-of-the-art outdoor track and field facility that will serve as the home of the Seawolves men’s and women’s outdoor track and field programs as well as a practice site for the men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer and football teams. Construction on the unnamed facility is in progress with most of the site set for completion by December 1.
“This is another great step for our athletic program,” said Director of Athletics Jim Fiore. “This new venue will continue to help our championship program attract some of the finest track and field athletes from across the country as well as internationally, while also providing our field sports a high-quality practice facility that will give Stony Brook the opportunity to make a significant impact at the conference, regional, and national levels.”
The new facility, designed by Clough, Harbor and Associates (CHA) and Paige Design Group, and to be built by the LandTek Group, will sit on the grounds of the previous track on the west side of Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
The 225’ x 360’ field will help alleviate the practice schedule needs for Stony Brook’s men’s and women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s soccer and football teams, who all currently use LaValle Stadium for both practice and game competition. The facility is expected to be ready for us in spring 2011.
The NCAA regulation track will be the final piece of the facility to be constructed. The track surface will be laid down in the spring, allowing for the outdoor track and field program to host home meets against some of the best teams in the Northeast beginning in the 2011-12 season.
“It is an exciting time for the past, present, and future members of the Stony Brook Track and Field/Cross Country programs,” said Head Coach Andy Ronan. “We are thrilled about the construction of the new track facility as it will allow us to develop into a more complete track program. Our sprinters, jumpers, and throwers will now have the same opportunity as our middle distance and cross country athletes to develop into conference, regional, and NCAA champions.”