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Monday, 12 July 2010

College Dignitaries Formally Dedicate New Synthetic Turf Playing Field

JULY 7, 2010: President Herman J. Saatkamp, Jr., the College’s Board of Trustees and a number of faculty and staff members gathered at the Pomona Road Sports Complex to formally dedicate the newly constructed Multipurpose Athletic Field.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolized the crossing of the finish line to the completion of an athletic complex in tune with its natural surroundings--the New Jersey Pinelands. The landscaping incorporates native vegetation, blending the facility with its environs. 

A new synthetic turf field, which will host women’s field hockey, men’s lacrosse and intramural sports, looks and feels like live turf, but doesn’t require the same attention. Joseph P. Darby, Jr., the Project Manager for Stockton’s Office of Facilities Planning, explained, “The synthetic turf requires no irrigation, pesticides, fertilizers, lime or other harmful chemicals. Therefore, the specially designed underground drainage system will gather uncontaminated rainfall and runoff, which will percolate from a detention basin into the Cohansey Aquifer.” 

Just like a grassy playing field, dirt particles fly up into the air after a tackle or sweeping stoke of a hockey stick. However, on the synthetic field, those flying particles that look like dirt are really pieces of ground car tires. According to Darby, “Approximately 32,000 recycled car tires, which would have otherwise ended up in a landfill, were utilized in the construction of the field.”  

The Pomona Road Sports Complex encompasses nearly eight acres, and its accessible design is in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  New grandstand seating accommodates 250 spectators and has ADA ramp accessibility, as well as designated ADA seating. New lighting fixtures allow for day and evening games. Other new features include a designated press section, a wireless public address system and the latest scoreboard technology. 

After Dr. Saatkamp and Lonnie Folks, Director of Athletics and Recreation, closed the scissors upon the ribbon, two field hockey players, Nikki Moore and Stefanie Short, put the new turf to the test.   

Dr. Saatkamp said, “Our students and the surrounding community can look forward to many home games at the Pomona Road Sports Complex.”   

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