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"“If you were like me, on game day Ralston Field was a special place - almost a holy place - where you could only step on to the field if you had adequately prepared both physically and mentally to represent Wilkes football and its extraordinary tradition. I learned so much about myself and what it takes to be successful: courage, pride, poise and teamwork. I’m so glad generations of Wilkes athletes will continue to have an opportunity to perform at this outstanding new facility.” - William A. Hanbury '72
Athletics play an integral role in the student experience at Wilkes – now and for past generations of students and student athletes. The dedication of Colonels on the playing field, past and present, calls for athletic facilities that match their commitment. Students athletes deserve premier athletic facilities.
High demand is spurring much-needed renovations to transform the field from a single-sport site to one that will accommodate five intercollegiate sports -- football, women’s lacrosse, women’s hockey and men’s and women’s soccer -- and the men’s club lacrosse team. The field will also be used for intramural games.
“The work at the Ralston Athletic Complex will provide a multi-purpose athletic field that will provide a new competition field for more than 200 of our student-athletes,” said Vice President for Student Affairs, Paul Adams. “The installation of the lighting system affords us the opportunity to schedule contests and practices in the evening when it is more conducive to student class schedules.”
The $1.6 million project is Phase I of $3 million in planned multiple purpose renovations at the Ralston complex.
Future work at the Ralston Athletic Complex will include the construction of a building for concession, comfort facilities and meeting rooms, a formal entrance to the complex, new bleachers and more. A timeline for further renovations will be developed, pending the launch of a fund-raising campaign to raise the remaining $1.4 million.
The project is planned to emphasize sustainable practices. These practices include the recycling and re-use of tons of topsoil removed to install the new turf and also recycling of the wood and steel from the home bleacher area. The new lighting system is the Light-Structure Green system manufactured by Musco Sports Lighting. The energy-efficient system directs more light onto the playing surface and avoids the energy waste of spill and glare light.
For more information and assistence in making a contribution, please contact Susan Dantona Jolley, Wilkes University director of donor relations, at 570-408-7832 or email@example.com.