WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, thanks to the generosity of Joe Carlini '84 and Christine Carlini '86, the University and its athletics department will see a project that was announced in April 2017 become a reality when the 14th-ranked women's lacrosse team hosts No. 2 Franklin & Marshall at the new Carlini Field.
The former bermuda grass home of the Catholic men's and women's soccer teams has been renovated to include the installation of a multi-use turf field that will be home to men's and women's soccer and men's and women's lacrosse.
"Joe and Christine Carlini have helped to set in motion the vision we have for the future of Cardinal Athletics and recreational opportunities on campus," said Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Sean Sullivan. "Making renovations and additions to indoor and outdoor spaces in an effort to provide current and future students with the best facilities possible is a priority for our University. We are so grateful to the Carlini's for helping to make this a reality."
The field is a Fieldturf I-Core Field that is a certified level II field by FIFA and measures 120 yards long by 72 yards wide. It features a MUSCO LED Light System with light levels capable of televising games at a regional broadcast level, daktronics scoreboard and bleacher seating for up to 600 people. There are Kwik Goal shelters installed to protect teams from the elements, graphics packages installed to highlight varsity teams' accomplishments and a state of the art sound system.
In addition to the field, there are also 144 parking spaces and fully handicap accessible, a concessions area, ticket and merchandise booth and full-service restrooms for fans. There will also be free WiFi available for all those in attendance.
"This facility will have a direct impact on our student-athletes as well as the entire student population," added Sullivan. "Our varsity programs will benefit from enhanced practice and game day experiences and the entire campus community will reap the rewards of modern recreational spaces and opportunities.