WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — On the Monday after the 128th playing of “The Biggest Little Football Game in America” – Williams vs. Amherst - yet another major renovation of the Ephs’ Weston Field Athletic Complex commenced.
Nearly five months later, the project is progessing well despite the very difficult winter. A normal April precipitation-wise would allow the project to be completed on time in early September. A difficult April would make that deadline difficult.
When the project is completed in the summer of 2014 the football field will be moved closer to Latham Street and will feature a synthetic turf field with long strains of imitation grass.
The home side of the football/lacrosse field will switch to the west side of the field, where a permanent-seat grandstand will be built just inside the stone gargoyle gate that serves as the main entrance to the complex. At the top of the permanent-seat grandstand will be a press box, coaches’ boxes and broadcast booths all wired to the Internet.
The field will be lighted and used for both men’s and women’s lacrosse in addition to football. Men’s and women’s soccer, which prefers to play on a natural grass surface, will also be able to utilize this field if weather conditions prohibit them from using Cole Field.
A new multi-use scoreboard will adorn the field and under the permanent-seat stands will be storage, concession stands and bathrooms.
A team support building will be erected just south of the football end zone on the Taconic Golf Club side of the complex, perpendicular to the football field. The team support building will contain locker rooms for teams, coaches, referees, a sports medicine area, and a multipurpose room.
South of the new team support building will be the new all-weather running track that will be positioned parallel to the 18th hole of the famed Taconic Golf Club and the team support building. Inside the running track will be the synthetic turf field that the Eph field hockey team will use each fall. This area will be lighted for evening field hockey contests and practices, track practices, intramurals and will feature a multi-use scoreboard.
The area that was previously occupied by Renzie W. Lamb Field, where the Ephs competed in lacrosse, field hockey, and occasional men’s and women’s soccer contests during adverse weather conditions will be converted into throwing areas for track meets.