The Project

In 2004, The Campaign for Alumni Stadium was launched with the goal of completely replacing the aging athletic complex - the track, field, home and visitor bleachers, press box, scoreboard, sound system, ticket booths, landscaping and security.  The result was a state-of-the-art, professional grade athletic complex.  

The initial construction required the entire complex to be demolished and a new facility built. This included the underlying stone base layer and complex drainage system for the field and track, concrete and asphalt base layer for the track, concrete piers and pad for the new bleachers, and much more.

Since the construction of Alumni Stadium in 2004, Farrell students, as well as the local community, have enjoyed the benefits of a safe, low-maintenance artificial turf field.  Farrell football, soccer, and lacrosse teams use the field for both practice and games, while our other sports teams use the facility for training and practice - including baseball.  The Farrell Band also uses the athletic field to practice for competitions.

Every Farrell student has benefitted from the facility, as physical education classes are able to make use of the athletic complex year round because of the artificial surface and superior drainage of both the track and field surfaces.

Monsignor Farrell has also made the facility available to the local community.  Countless youth sports groups are given access to the track and field for both practice and competitions.  Alumni Stadium has also been the site of the FDNY vs. NYPD Fun City Bowl charity football game.  Each year, the Farrell students and faculty volunteer their time and welcome Special Olympians to compete in Alumni Stadium.

Our current Stadium Renovation Campaign aims to replace the entire artificial turf surface of the athletic field, resurface the track, replace the scoreboard and sound system, and upgrade the security of the complex so that we may continue to offer our students the finest athletic facility possible while also openeing our doors to help serve our local community.

The goal of the project is to raise $1 Million.


 The Field - Renovation Completed June, 2017

 

In 2004, industry leader FieldTurf was contracted to install the artificial turf field.  The result was a new, professional-quality playing surface.  To ensue the continued safety of all who use the field, the time has come to replace the surface with FieldTurf's more advanced Revolution 360 turf, which the company introduced in 2011.  

From FieldTurf.com

The Revolution 360 fiber features optimal durability, resilience and feel - the first complete fiber. Revolution 360 achieved a score of 83 on the Fiber Performance Index (FPI). Introduced by Labosport, FPI established the ultimate fiber ‘index’ – the rating of an artificial turf fiber, to help prospective turf buyers understand and weigh the individual qualities of a turf fiber. 

Revolution 360 was subjected to Penn State University's Sports Surface Research Center’s aggressive 150,000 cycle Lisport Wear Testing and received a perfect 10 - 10 “good”, NO “hair-splitting”, NO “fractured”, NO “complete splitting”. This result has yet to be matched by competing turf fibers.

FieldTurf has combined their best fiber with their proven infill technology. Fiber is important to every turf system, but nothing is more important for athletes than a high quality infill system.

On a natural grass field, athletes cut, plant and release in the earth – not in the blades of grass. On an artificial turf field, the infill is the earth. FieldTurf’s infill is designed to provide the same biomechanical properties as natural grass, as athletes play in the infill, not on the turf fibers. FieldTurf’s infill system contains up to 9.2 pounds per square foot. It’s the “heavyweight” in the turf industry.

Patented Infill System

When it comes to artificial turf performance and safety, the most important aspect for the field is the infill. Whereby turf fibers are directly related to the aesthetics of the field, the infill – which is spread between the fibers – delivers what the athlete needs; Softness on impact and the correct firmness and cleat-release for ultimate performance. 

It is a meticulous process proven with science.

FieldTurf’s patented 3-layered infill system is the only proven method for all levels of sport and the most intricate infill system available on the market.

  • The bottom layer is comprised of several layers of clean, washed silica sand.
  • Up to 14 passes of a mix of cryogenic rubber and silica sand is then layered into the system. The rubber and sand particles are a similar size to stay in suspension.
  • Larger-sized cryogenic rubber top layers ensure that the rubber remains on top, providing a safe, forgiving surface.
  • Total infill exceeds 9 pounds per square foot on a typical sports field.
  • Over 720,000 pounds of infill is layered into a typical sports field.

SILICA SAND

Stabilizes and supports the system.
Similar size to cryogenic rubber granules in order to eliminate segregation and compaction.
Accounts for 70% of total infill weight.

CRYOGENIC RUBBER

Recycled rubber tires are cryogenically frozen and turned into smooth, clean-cut granules.
Rounded granules resist floating or displacement in high-use areas.
Environmentally beneficial.
Accounts for 30% of total infill weight.

Safety

Any company can claim to offer safe turf products. However, when it comes to proven safety for athletes, there is only one company that stands beyond all – FieldTurf.

FieldTurf offers the safest artificial turf system available today.

While no sport can ever be completely injury-free, we continue to find new ways to reduce the risk and severity of injuries. Our focus on safety has led to numerous injury-reducing innovations and improvements. As a result, we have the products and experience to help you provide the safest playing field possible for your athletes.

The findings of a long-term testing program show that FieldTurf is safer than any other synthetic turf system and equal to – if not better than – natural grass in most critical areas of player safety.

An independent, five-year safety study of competitive high school football showed that when compared to natural grass the FieldTurf system leads to:

  • 44% Fewer Concussion Injuries Combined
  • 43 % Fewer ACL Injuries Combined 
  • 25% Less Time Lost to Long-Term Injuries (Lasting 22+ Days)
  • 16% Less Time Lost to Short-Term Injuries (Lasting 1-2 Days)

 


 

 The Track - Renovation Begins Spring, 2019

As part of the 2004 Campaign for Alumni Stadium, the existing track was completely demolished to make room for a new 6-lane track complete with steeplechase pit.  The Alumni Stadium track also included two "D-Zones" that feature two long jump pits, two pole vault pits, and two high jump areas.

Copeland Coating Company Inc. was selected to install their Action-Track® 800 system. Action-Track® was developed in West Germany in the late 1960’s by specialists in the running track industry.  Since their first installation in the United States in 1980, Copeland has installed over 500 running tracks.

"Action-Track 800 is a university grade, impervious running track surface consisting of three phases of construction. A urethane bound, black EPDM base mat, installed by mechanical paver and then rendered impervious by the application of a pigmented polyurethane seal coat. In the final phase, a massive urethane liquid application is installed into which colored EPDM rubber particles are cast."

Copeland will refurbish the existing track as part of The 2017 Stadium Renovation Campaign.  This includes power washing the entire track and D-zone surface and making any necessary repairs to the base mat and track surface.  A new 5mm wearing course (surface) will then be applied and all track lanes, numbering, and markings will be painted on.  


Video Display Scoreboard - Completed: August, 2017

Daktronics, the world's industry leader in designing and manufacturing electronic scoreboards, programmable display systems and large screen video displays, installed a new scoreboard with an integrated video display board and sound system.

The new scoreboard measures 25' wide by 26' feet high at the peak of the truss.  The full color video display board measures 4.8' x 13.3'.  Pictured is a concept drawing provided by Daktronics. 

 

 

 

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