Hartford, Conn. - The Trinity College outdoor athletic fields look very different today than at this time last year and even vastly different than at the end of the 2016 fall playing season. No less than eight Bantam teams have been or will be playing and practicing on newly-renovated or newly-constructed fields during the current academic year.
The new fields at Trinity consist of Jessee/Miller Field, an all-weather Field Turf football/men's lacrosse field and 400-meter synthetic running track, a Field Turf baseball field, a natural-grass softball field and a new sand-based, natural-grass soccer field. The fields are tiered in elevation to blend into the natural contours of the site. A network of lit walkways have been provided to improve flow through the athletic complex.
"We are thrilled that our track complex is finished, and we think that we have one of the finest outdoor facilities in the country," said Trinity Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach George Suitor. "It is great to train on and we think it is a fast surface that will produce great performances. With multiple jumping and throwing areas it will allow us to run meets in a timely fashion and also allow spectators a great place to view all of the throwing and jumping events. We will host one college meet this spring and next year allow us to go back to hosting the Trinity High School Invitational that was so popular years ago. Next year we host the NESCAC Championship Meet along with our college invitational and our high school meet. The addition of the field lights and the video scoreboard have only added to making the facility one of the finest in the country."
Encircling historic Jessee/Miller Field, the nation's ninth-oldest college football venue, is the new running track with Beynon BSS 1000 full pour polyurethane resilient surfacing. New jump areas and throw fields complete with modern safety equipment were also provided to allow NCAA track and field events to be hosted at Trinity. Four new Musco light towers provide 50-foot candles of light to the field and track area. Two of the new light poles are shared with Sheppard Field, Trinity's Astro Turf field for field hockey and women's lacrosse, and the light technology was upgraded to half of the field hockey playing surface as well.