Kevin Stiner | August 26, 2022
Athletic Facilities Transformed
A new turf field and scheduled upgrades to the stadium and ice arena will provide a boost to Brockport’s student-athletes and community.
Several of SUNY Brockport’s athletic facilities have undergone transformations in recent months – and more are scheduled to do so within the next year.
“We want to provide our student-athletes here at SUNY Brockport with the best possible experience and we know that continuous enhancements to our facilities are a big part of that,” said Brockport Athletic Director Erick Hart. “These enhancements will help us to continue to excel athletically and compete for championships. I could not be happier for our student-athletes, coaches, and the entire campus community.”
The upgrades were made possible thanks to individual donor support and major gifts from Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, Wegmans, Confer Plastics, and 58 Main BBQ and Brew.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Stadium
“We always ask ourselves how can we enhance our players careers and this is another step in that direction. Beyond that, we think this will be fun for their families and give the fans a great time in their seats.”
Jason Mangone, Football Head Coach
Among the exciting enhancements to the stadium is the early October scheduled installation of a scoreboard that will feature a large video screen. Highlights of game action, graphics, and fan interaction will be featured on the video board during football contests thanks to substantial gifts by Canandaigua National Bank and Trust, and 58 Main BBQ and Brew.
“We always ask ourselves how we can enhance our players careers and this is another step in that direction,” said Brockport football head coach Jason Mangone. “Beyond that, we think this will be fun for their families and give the fans a great time in their seats.”
Additionally, a brick building was constructed in the stadium’s northwest entrance. The building will house the ticket booth and the addition of restrooms to the home team’s seating area.
A two-story 1,900 square foot facility replaced the temporary press box and it is accessible from a newly installed elevator. The structure includes a large VIP area for guests, two coaches’ boxes, two media rooms, and two operation areas. The operation areas are equipped on the east end for Bob Boozer field and the west side for the new turf facility enabling management of contests simultaneously.
Dr. Linda Arena Field
An additional lighted turf field was installed and will host field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer events.
Gary LaPietra, head men’s soccer coach, says the newly equipped field is appealing on multiple levels, “It’s exciting to have a designated facility better geared towards soccer. The bleacher seating setup will provide a fun atmosphere, so fans are not scattered all over the larger stadium. And it’s a state-of-the-art facility, which will draw a lot of attention to our program.”
“Getting some new facilities is super exciting, and it makes me event more excited for the season to start.”
Kiley Longin, Women’s Soccer
Bleachers that sit nearly 1,000 fans run adjacent to the eastern edge of the 385 feet x 399 feet turf field. The south end of the field features a large Daktronics scoreboard, and the western sidelines have sheltered team benches.
“Getting some new facilities is super exciting, and it makes me even more excited for the season to start,” said Kiley Longin, a senior forward on the women’s soccer team. “We will be able to get better quality training sessions on this field that will equip us for SUNYAC play in the fall. I’m super excited to be back and I can’t wait to take advantage of these new facilities!”
Another Golden Eagle is grateful that their program was emphasized with the facility upgrades.
“Having fewer lines on the field will definitely be less confusing for everyone,” said Claire Odett, a women’s lacrosse senior midfielder. “It feels really nice to be recognized, since many schools’ lacrosse programs can be overlooked. Overall, I’m so excited to play on the new field!”
Wegmans Ice Arena
SUNY Brockport’s ice rink is now known as the Wegmans Ice Arena, following a major gift made by Wegmans Food Markets. The ice arena will undergo branding transformations to reflect the name change. The gift is slated to support the men’s ice hockey program, the facility, and students.
A generous gift from Confer Plastics helped plans of a renovated locker room glide past the goal line. The updated club room will include new lockers, locker naming plates, and a new floor.
Golden Eagle hockey legends will be honored going forward with a Wall of Honor in Wegmans Ice Arena. It will be unveiled during Homecoming and Family Weekend on Saturday, October 8 at 5:15 p.m.