Following the dedication, the Yellow Jackets beat the Averett Cougars 21-6.
The R-MC community was abuzz on September 8, 2012, as Yellow Jackets and friends
dedicated the new Day Field.
Director of Athletics Jeff Burns ’87 served as master of ceremonies
and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Alan Rashkind ’69 welcomed
“We are so proud of this new facility and we have built a home field that is finally
fit for the exceptional student-athletes that will compete on it,” said Burns.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Committee on Athletics E. Jackson “Jack” Luck
’64 said, “Special occasions like these provide all of us with a chance
to reflect on our experiences as a student at Randolph-Macon College.”
Luck remembered “the wonderful lessons that football taught me: resilience, toughness,
character and teamwork. These same lessons are taught by our current coaches and
are the foundation of our athletic program.” He said that new facilities such as
Day Field will have a positive impact on students, alumni, and other Yellow Jacket
R-MC President Robert R. Lindgren told the crowd, “The new Day Field sits proudly
among our campus structures as a symbol of how much we value our athletic program
and how much it adds to the education of the whole student, outside as well as inside
the classroom. As with all we do, we have always done athletics well, and now, in
so many ways, (including what you see before you today), we are truly ‘building
extraordinary’ – taking what we do best to a whole new level.”
Lindgren’s full speech.
Day Field is named for Bible Professor Frank L. Day, who gave the land for these
athletic fields in 1937.The new Day Field, which now runs north and south, has a
turf playing surface, stadium lights, brick walkways, a press box, visitor stands,
and a walking track. It is surrounded on the north side by Andrews Residence Hall
and will be surrounded on the south side by the future Birdsong Residence Hall.
Day Field is home to Randolph-Macon’s football and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.
Renovations to Day Field were made possible through the generous support of alumni,
parents and Yellow Jacket fans.
Following the dedication, the Yellow Jackets kicked off the season as they took
on Averett University on Day Field. The Jackets beat the Cougars 21-6.
Randolph-Macon College also held a dedication ceremony for the John B. Werner Pavilion
at the McGraw-Page Library on September 8, 2012. Click on
Werner Pavilion to read the story.