BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Construction is underway at the Seton Catholic Central School to install a new synthetic turf field.
The schools says it has been working on the project since 1999, but it is finally able to see the project come to fruition thanks to two anonymous donors.
The project costs about $1.1 million for field and fencing. The school says so far donors have committed $945,000.
Elizabeth Carter, Catholic Schools of Broome County President, says the field will accommodate both games and practices for Seton soccer and lacrosse teams. It will also be used by physical education classes and summer camps.
Something that has been an issue in the past.
“Our students have had to travel all over Broome County for soccer and lacrosse practices and games since we didn’t have a home field,” she said.
“Not having turf really limited what we could do out here,” added Athletic Director Chris Sinicki, “and of course mother nature never cooperates in Broome county, once October comes and it gets soggy it becomes a safety hazard.”
The field is expected to be completed by the 2019-2020 school year.
“To be able to walk out of your school campus and practice here, finish here, there’s not a lag time of kids trying to get from point A to point B, they’re going to be more focused,” said Sinicki.
The Catholic Schools of Broome County will host a dedication ceremony on September 15.
The field will be named in honor of John G. Dowd. The schools says Dowd re-established Seton’s lacrosse program in 2005 and founded the Don Hengel Memorial Golf Tournament. Officials say Dowd did not know about the dedication before his passing.