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Trent University to Complete New 1,000-Seat Stadium on Campus by June 30
January 1, 2007

Trent University’s athletic director Bill Byrick announced January 26, 2007 that a new 1,000-seat stadium will be completed on Symons campus by June 30, 2007 to ensure it is ready in time for the 2007 U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships.

“It’s an exciting time to be at the end of the planning phase for the new stadium,” says Mr. Byrick. “We’ve been pushing hard to create something the community will take pride in when we welcome the world to Peterborough this August.”

Mr. Byrick explained that the selection process for contractors is now complete, the design is finalized, and the building plans are ready to go. Construction will begin as soon as the weather gets warm in the early spring.

This new stadium will feature bleacher seating for 1,000 people, a new score board, an outdoor sound system, and a fully-serviced press box able to support live broadcasts and web-casting.

“When it’s built, this stadium will be one of the region’s premium athletic facilities, and a real resource for the community,” said Mr. Byrick. He went on to note that since Trent’s artificial turf playing field opening in September 2005, 50% of its usage comes from community bookings.

Completing the stadium is a key step in the University’s master expansion plan for athletic facilities. This plan was endorsed by the Board of Governors in 2004 following two years of input, research and planning involving students, student clubs and groups, Trent committees, community sport organizations and the community at-large. In an October 2004 student referendum, 87 per cent of student voters supported the expansion of athletic facilities at Trent. They agreed that all full-time undergraduate students will direct a portion of their ancillary fees to fund the athletics expansion project. Additional support for the project will come from fundraising efforts.

The direction of the athletics expansion was also based on the potential to generate revenue and offset ongoing operating costs through community use of athletic facilities. Trent Athletics operates as an ancillary operation to the University; it is responsible for paying its capital and operating costs through its own revenue sources.

“These partnerships are not only helping to construct the facilities, they are also strengthening the overall sport model in the community, creating win-win opportunities,” says Mr. Byrick.

In addition to the new stadium, Trent has also completed a new natural turf athletic field on the campus’ east bank. This area will support three practice lacrosse fields, and will be used by the athletes during the Women’s World Lacrosse Championships for warm ups.

The 2007 U-19 Women’s World Lacrosse Championships will be held at Trent University from August 4 - 12, 2007. These championships will mark the first time a world-level sporting event has ever been hosted in Peterborough.

To learn more about Trent University’s athletic facility development plans, visit the official page.

For further information, please contact Bill Byrick, director of athletics, (705) 748-1011, ext. 1252.