Turf Athletic Field Dedication kicks off Parents and Homecoming Weekend

Penn State Berks will hold a brief dedication ceremony for its new artificial turf athletic field as part of the opening ceremonies for Parents and Homecoming Weekend on Saturday, October 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. The artificial turf athletic field is located behind the Beaver Community Center. This event is free and open to the public, and attendees are invited to attend the Parents and Homecoming Weekend lunch under the tent on the Perkins Plaza.

Completed in time for the fall 2014 semester, the artificial turf athletic field was built to expand both the college?s NCAA Division III sports programs, as well as to provide additional recreational opportunities for students. The field includes lights for night games and activities and permanent bleachers for 300 spectators. The turf field currently supports the NCAA Division III men?s and women?s soccer teams and the rugby team, a club sport.

The dedication ceremony will include brief remarks from Frank LeMaster, former Philadelphia Eagle?s linebacker who played in the 1980 Super Bowl and now works as a senior sales representative for FieldTurf, the company that manufactured and installed the Berks turf field. Chancellor R. Keith Hillkirk and Lisa Deibler, Director of Athletics, will speak about the significance of the field to the college.

The general contractor for the athletic field project was Miller Brothers Construction of Schuylkill Haven, PA.

Currently Penn State Berks has 12 NCAA Division III varsity teams with about 200 student-athletes participating in these sports. In addition to our thriving varsity athletics program, the college supports nine club sports. Intramural sports are also very popular, providing opportunities for hundreds more students to be active and interact with their peers outside of class.

For more information about the artificial turf athletic field dedication, contact the Office of Development at 610-396-6056.