It has been a year of new venues across the America East. Stony Brook unveiled its new track and field facility with more projects still in the works. Albany announced and broke ground on its new multi-sport facility. Vermont’s Virtue Field opened this spring playing host to men’s and women’s lacrosse games.
Back in February, Boston University announced plans for New Balance Field, the future home of Terrier field hockey. A ground breaking ceremony on Thursday at the current Babcock Street parking lot, where the new field will stand, got the construction of the $24 million facility underway.
Boston U. president Robert Brown, Director of Athletics Mike Lynch, senior VP for Operations Gary Nicksa and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino joined New Balance Executive VP John Withee to unearth the first soil on Babcock Street.
“This is another giant step forward for our program, with strategic investments in programs that are vital to the continued development of our department and the enhanced national visibility of the BU Athletics' brand,” Lynch said when the project was announced.
New Balance Field will be built on top of a 350-space parking structure and provide a home to the field hockey team which has played all of its ‘home’ games off-campus since 2001.
You can view the Boston University release, here and check out a Boston Herald blog post about the ceremony.
Sticking with the Boston theme, the Terrier softball team begins its NCAA Tournament quest when it takes on Arkansas tonight at 8 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif. The Boston Herald ran a nice preview of the Terriers highlighting their pitching staff led by the conference tournament’s Most Outstanding Player Holli Floetker and their offense which gets sparked by leadoff hitter Jayme Mask.
The America East will be well represented tonight in the home opener for the Boston Breakers. Three former Boston University Terriers will suit up and two women’s soccer head coaches will don the blue and white, as well. UVM coach Kristi Lefebvre and Albany coach Mary-Frances Monroe lace up the spikes tonight at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville, Mass. Check out the game notes for more on the America East connection.
The baseball regular season wraps up this weekend with playoff seeding on the line. Stony Brook clinched its second straight regular season title last weekend and will travel to Maine to close out the year. Albany plays host to Hartford and Binghamton is at UMBC. The Black Bears, Danes and Bearcats have all locked up playoff spots.