The USM Athletic Department is hosting a grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony and barbeque on Saturday, October 22 for the new Hannaford Field on the USM Gorham Campus. The barbeque will begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the ribbon cutting ceremony at 12:00 p.m. At 1:00 p.m., the USM men’s soccer team will play on the new field against Eastern Connecticut. This event is free and open to the public.
Completed in early September 2011, Hannaford Field is the newest addition to the University of Southern Maine’s athletic facilities. The 93,100-square-foot field features a new Field Turf® surface and will serve as the home site for USM’s men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams.
Led by gifts from Hannaford Brothers and the United States Soccer Foundation, construction on the privately financed $1.1 million field began in late June when the United States Army Corps of Engineers and Shaw Brothers Construction Company prepared the site for the new turf. It is sited on the previous natural surface soccer field that was originally constructed in the fall of 1996 and opened for play in 1997. The Field Turf® surface at Hannaford Field is the first phase of a long-range project that includes lights and stadium seating for 500 people, as funds are acquired.
For more information, contact USM Athletics at 780-5588 or 780-5434.