PCT to get a synthetic turf field for fall of 2019

Pennsylvania College of Technology will soon have a synthetic turf field at the home of Wildcat Athletics.

Installation of a 123-by-85-yard synthetic turf field, base, drainage and associated improvements will begin soon after the spring 2019 sports schedule is completed. Construction is expected to take three months, with completion due in time to accommodate the fall season of that year.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this announcement. This will make a major impact on our campus for all of our students and will enhance our students experience at Penn College,” said John Vandevere, director of athletics. “I want to extend my sincere thank you to the Board of Directors, President Dr. Gilmour and Vice President for Student Affairs Elliott Strickland for making this possible. Without them and others, this is not happening, and on behalf of our students and staff we cannot thank them enough.”

The synthetic turf consists of a specially designed monofilament and slit-film (hybrid) system to facilitate grass-like ball roll and provide a superior aesthetic appearance. Beneath the turf will be a system designed to reduce the impact on athletes.

To date, the athletic field complex has been enhanced with extended bleachers (with a capacity of 650 spectators) and a new press box and scoreboard. The next step is to replace the existing grass field with synthetic turf.

The total cost for the synthetic turf field project is estimated to be $1.4 million. The college is launching a fundraising campaign to help defray costs for the turf field and other enhancements to the athletic complex