October 31, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell men’s and women’s varsity soccer pitch at Holmes Stadium has been formally rededicated as Emmitt Field, University President Brian C. Mitchell announced. The state-of-the art, natural-grass playing surface is named in honor of lead donors Richard ’67 and Judy Emmitt.

A major piece of Bucknell’s West Fields revitalization project, the sand-based, Kentucky bluegrass pitch opened for use in 2005 and was originally dedicated as the Bison Varsity Soccer Field on Sept. 16, 2005. The facility also includes an in-ground automatic irrigation system, an underground drainage system, in-ground soccer goals and sports lighting.


A year after the new grass field was dedicated and declared ready for play, construction was completed on the accompanying stadium facility, which was dedicated last month as Holmes Stadium. The stadium includes covered chairback seating for more than 1,000 spectators, indoor viewing suites and press box, locker rooms, and concessions and merchandise shops.


Premier venue
The Emmitt Field at Holmes Stadium facility now provides Bucknell’s soccer student-athletes one of the premier venues in the nation to call home.

"The generous support of Bucknell friends like Dick and Judy Emmitt helps the University provide facilities for student-athletes befitting the standard for excellence they set on and off the field,” President Mitchell said. “We are grateful for the continued support of the Emmitts and are proud to name this soccer field in their honor.”

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