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Purchase Unveiled New Turf Field September 5th

Date Released: 9/4/2008

Purchase College and the Division of Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics unveild its new $1.8 million synthetic turf field at ceremonies on Friday, September 5 at 5:30 PM. The women’s soccer season home opener followed the ribbon cutting by Purchase College President Thomas J. Schwarz.

Located near the main entrance of the campus, the regulation NCAA field is designed for soccer, lacrosse and football games. The field provides a first rate facility for Purchase students as well as a much needed resource which will be available for adults and children in the community. “We are extremely excited about the field and what it will mean to our program as we move forward. We welcome everyone to come out and celebrate the newest addition to our athletic facilities,” said Purchase Athletic Director Ernie Palmieri.

The project was developed by Athletic Director Ernie Palmieri with the support of President Schwarz. Judy Nolan, the College’s Chief Financial Officer, coordinated the funding for the project with the State University of New York and the State of New York Office of General Services.

Lonny Unger of Scarsdale, NY provided funding for the scoreboard, bleachers and storage shed through the Football Club of Westchester. The Club has had a long association with athletics at Purchase and with various community groups. The facility includes lights and a parking lot to handle high usage and demand by the College’s athletic programs as well as the local community.

The lead contractor for the field was WJL Equities Corporation of Eastchester, NY. Subcontractors were DeRosa Tennis Contractors, LLC of Mamaroneck, N.Y. and D&M Electrical Contracting, Inc. of Elmsford, N.Y. The landscape architect was HMH Site and Sports Design of Ithaca, N.Y.

The field will also provide a playing surface for baseball and softball teams during early spring practices and the numerous intramural and recreational programs offered at the College.

In recent years Purchase has emerged as a major sports center for the local community, adding to its reputation as a cultural and educational resource. Currently Purchase’s athletic fields are used by 10,000 local youths and adults every month. With the addition of the new field, Purchase hopes to host some of the high school Section 1 and regional playoff games and to become a resource for local high schools.

Mr. Palmieri is also currently looking for a community partner to lend their name and ongoing support for the field.