Bryn Athyn College Turf Field First of Its Kind in U.S.
Spring athletes at Bryn Athyn College are now practicing on state-of-the-art turf. The newly completed General Ronald K. Nelson Field was constructed with FieldTurf’s high-performing Elite Monofilament system. This playing surface is of the highest quality, and its installation is a reflection of the commitment that Bryn Athyn College has to enhancing their NCAA Division III programs.
In addition to the men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs, women’s field hockey will also utilize the field as they start off their inaugural season this fall. The move from grass to synthetic turf is thanks to a generous gift of $1.3 million from a group of donors, and the new surface puts Bryn Athyn College on a level playing field with their opponents in terms of start dates, challenges with weather conditions, and recruiting.
Athletic director Matt Kennedy says, “General Ronald K. Nelson Field at Bryn Athyn College will transform our student experience. Our student-athletes will train and compete on a state-of-the-art surface, and they will be able to showcase their programs under the lights in primetime events.”
College officials envision the field as a place for NCAA athletics as well as intramurals to flourish. Those designing the facility chose to install a 15 foot black band buffer around the outside of the field for people to use for running or walking. Exciting partnerships with local athletic organizations are also burgeoning.
Bryn Athyn has signed on to be the home of FC BUCKS Soccer Club and Mystx Field Hockey, both of which are recognized regionally and nationally. EPYSA Soccer will be running two weeks of overnight camps at Bryn Athyn this summer, and NetNation Lacrosse will also be on campus for two weeks of overnight camp.