Lafayette Announces Major Renovations to Fisher Field
Jan. 24, 2006
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EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Lafayette's Fisher Field, where the College's home football games have been played since 1926, will undergo a major $23 million transformation beginning this spring that will benefit intramural and recreational programs as well as football and other varsity athletic teams. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed before the first home football game this fall.
"The generosity of John T. "Jack" Bourger '71, James R. Fisher '77, and the F. M. Kirby Foundation, Inc. is enabling us to undertake significant improvements that will have an impact not only on our athletics programs, but also for all students and the fans who attend games at Fisher Field," President Daniel H. Weiss said. The entire project will be funded by donor gifts.
"This project will complete another major portion of the master plan for Lafayette athletics. The facility will afford new opportunities for the athletic department, and the football program in particular," Director of Athletics Bruce McCutcheon said.
While a three-lane recreational jogging track will remain, a new home for Lafayette's track and field program will be constructed at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex as a part of the project. New spectator seating will be built throughout the venue, including chair back seating in select areas. Additional visitors seating will be added. A state-of-the-art in-fill synthetic surface, lights, and a press box will be installed, and improved restroom and vending areas will also be included. The facility will hold approximately 13,000 fans.
The second stage of the two-year project features construction of a football varsity house which will include a locker room, offices, and team meeting rooms, as well as sports medicine and strength and conditioning areas. The varsity house phase of the project is slated to be completed in the fall of 2007. Additionally, a synthetic turf practice area, using the same brand of turf that will be used on the playing field, will be installed behind the visiting (north) stands. The project was designed by Clough, Harbour and Associates LLP, of Concord, Mass.
"We're extremely excited. This will continue to accelerate our program and give our fans an outstanding venue to watch championship football," said head football coach Frank Tavani, who has guided Lafayette to a share of the Patriot League championship and a berth in the I-AA playoffs in each of the last two seasons.
Erected in 1926 with a capacity of 13,750 fans, Fisher Field has been home to 388 Lafayette football games with the Leopards enjoying an overall record of 232 wins, 143 losses and 13 ties for a winning percentage of .615.
Fisher Field will host five Lafayette home games in 2006, as well as the 100th meeting between Easton and Phillipsburg on Thanksgiving Day. The Leopards will close their home schedule with the 142nd renewal of the nation's most-played college football rivalry on Saturday, Nov. 18. Lafayette won the 2005 Patriot League championship by virtue of its 23-19 win over Lehigh.