Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren announced today that through
the generous support of alumni, parents, and Yellow Jacket fans, the college has
met its $3.5 million initial fundraising goal for the renovation of Day Field.
The new project will move the current field to a north/south orientation, change
the surface of the playing field to turf, and add new brick walkways, visitor stands
and a new scoreboard. The new Day Field will be surrounded on the north side by
the new freshmen residence facility, Andrews Hall,
and on the south side by the future Birdsong Residence Hall.
“I would like to extend my deepest appreciation to all of the donors who have committed
to support this project,” said Lindgren. I would also like to acknowledge all of
the volunteers who have helped us raise funds for this new facility—in particular,
Jack Luck ’64, football alumnus and Chairman of the Board of Trustees’ Committee
on Athletics. This new facility
will make a tremendous impact on not only the college’s athletic program but the
entire north side of our campus.”
The new Day Field will be home to Randolph-Macon’s football team and men’s and women’s
lacrosse teams. Also, the turf surface will allow the field to be used for intramural
team competitions. Construction will begin on the new facility this winter and is
scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the fall 2012 athletic season.
“This state-of-the-art facility will allow our
football and lacrosse programs to compete at the highest level both in the
south region and the nation,” said R-MC Athletic Director Jeff Burns ’87. “The generosity
of all our donors is unmatched as they continue to provide resources to our student-athletes
that will afford them the best possible experience while attending Randolph-Macon.”
The new Day Field is part of a larger Campus Master
Plan for Randolph-Macon that includes a new tennis facility, Andrews Hall,
a new 108-bed freshmen residence facility that opened in August of this year, Birdsong
Hall, a new senior residence facility, a new science center, the Werner Pavilion,
an addition to the McGraw-Page Library, and a new campus student center. All of
these projects are part of the college’s Building Extraordinary
capital campaign, a $100 million initiative that has now surpassed $70
million in pledges and contributions.
The college will celebrate the last game on Day Field in its current location
as part of Football Alumni Day on November 12, 2011 when Randolph-Macon plays Hampden-Sydney
College. Once the field is moved, it will continue to carry the name Day Field.