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Athletics Dept. press release   Date: 9/13/10 Bookmark and Share

All Invited to Dedication of New Turf Field at Smith

Smith Pioneers Field Hockey will play rival Mt. Holyoke College immediately following, on Sept. 17

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.óThe Smith College athletic department welcomes all members of the college community and Northampton to attend the dedication of a new state-of-the-art, artificial turf field, installed on the athletic field this summer.

The dedication will precede the Smith Pioneers field hockey teamís first game on the turf field, on Friday, Sept. 17, at 3:45 p.m. The Pioneers will take on local rival Mt. Holyoke College on the new field immediately following the dedication.

The turf field was made possible by the leadership philanthropy of a former student and her parents, as well as the generosity of other alumnae, parents and friends.

The $1.3 million project will bring Smithís field hockey and lacrosse programs in line with similar facilities in the New England Womenís and Menís Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), and will also enable the Pioneersí field hockey squad to play home games on campus for the first time in two years.

Not only will Smith benefit from an athletic standpoint from the turf and its availability during the offseason. The field will also represent an environmental savings, eliminating the need for more than 900,000 gallons of water used for irrigation, as well as the need for pesticides and herbicides. A drainage system installed underneath the field will release stored rainwater that will recharge the land.

The name of the field will be unveiled at the dedication.

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