Saint Anselm College is highly regarded for its rigorous academic programs and dedication to community service. For a large number of our students, it is also a place to pursue their athletic and fitness goals.
- Of our 2,000 students, roughly 23% play an intercollegiate sport.
- When you add the number of students involved in athletics through intramural and club sports, the number jumps to 83%.
To remain competitive among similar institutions and to provide a well-rounded college experience that includes athletics, Saint Anselm College must continually improve its facilities. Efforts are now focused on the installation of an artificial turf field, which would replace the existing natural grass field at Grappone Stadium.
Saint Anselm College must raise $1.269 million to complete this project. The installation of this new turf field will allow the college to remain competitive and help attract the best students and athletes.
A synthetic turf field would bring Grappone Stadium to a level of competition in the athletic conference, creating a "championship" venue.
Natural grass fields do not withstand the damage of regular athletic competition and can be severely impacted during bad weather. Likewise, some sports, such as field hockey, require a more sophisticated maintenance plan, and natural turf only minimally meets the requirements for conference match play.
With the installation of lights, the field could be used in the evening hours, to serve more students, and ease the scheduling conflicts now encountered at the Carr Center due to its use by intercollegiate, club, team and intramural sports.
The new artificial turf field is advantageous for the Greater Manchester community as well and could be used by community groups, schools and local organizations for sporting events, camps, and fundraising activities.
Along with the new state-of-the-art fitness center constructed in 2009, this addition to Grappone Stadium is the next step toward Saint Anselm College maintaining its status as one of the most welcoming, accessible and desirable Catholic and liberal arts colleges in New England.