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New Turf Field at Mamaroneck High School - Grande Opening April 2nd.

March 28, 2011 http://www.wyslsoccer.org/
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MAMARONECK, NY, March 22, 2011 – The dream of a 'home turf advantage' is now reality for Mamaroneck Schools, which just last week opened the District's first and only all-purpose synthetic turf athletic field at Mamaroneck High School. Community members are invited to attend a field dedication event to officially celebrate this grand opening of Memorial Field -- made possible through a public-private partnership -- on Saturday, April 2 nd at 5:30 pm

"The newly renovated state-of-the-art Memorial field is the result of an exemplary collaboration between our district and the very generous Larchmont-Mamaroneck community," said Dr. Robert Shaps, who took over as Superintendent during the final stages of the flagship field's renovations. "This will be the most heavily used field of all our facilities. Our students and the community at large will enjoy this field for many years to come."

The new all-weather Memorial Field is one of only three regulation-sized athletic fields on school property. It is the District's only all-purpose field large enough to host varsity boys and girls lacrosse, field hockey, boys and girls soccer, track & field and football games. (The other two fields are used exclusively for baseball and softball.) The field will be used by more than 20 different school district teams, in addition to physical education classes, and community youth leagues; the field's precision lighting adds a new dimension, including the ability to conduct evening practices and hold night games.

"We feel so lucky," said senior Sam Christiansen last evening during lacrosse practice. "For years, this was a big dirt patch—and we could never play at night. On a rainy day like today, we'd have to wait three days for the field to dry out." His fellow players agreed that having a consistent playing field right on campus has huge benefits. "Boys and girls can have practice here on the same day. It saves us money so we don't have to rent out Flint Park for practices," Christiansen added. "And it builds a sense of community at the school."

The grand re-opening of Memorial Field represents the completion of phase I of the district's long-range field renovation plan. Phase 1 included reorienting the field and installing a resilient synthetic turf surface that will be able to withstand heavy use every day. This phase also included demolition of the previous site; installation of drainage; installation of lights, and new bleachers that can be moved to the visitors' side when permanent bleachers are eventually constructed. Future phases would include the installation of a large oval track around the turf field; permanent, larger bleachers; and a press box, concession stand, and restroom facilities.

The Phase One funding breakdown of the field included:

- District contribution of $500,000, approved by voters in 2004 for this project.

- Donation to the district of $855,000 from Larchmont-Mamaroneck Fields for Kids. This included generous contributions from more than 500 private donors; and significant donations from the Larchmont Junior Soccer League, Larchmont Mamaroneck Youth Lacrosse, Mamaroneck Youth Football League, and Larchmont Mamaroneck Little League. A generous gift from the family of Rudolph and Alix Laager made the installation of the lights possible during this phase.

- Pledge of $250,000 from Assemblyman George Latimer and the State of New York.

- Donation of the new scoreboard and sound system from Mamaroneck Schools Foundation.

- Demolition services donated by community member Joe Naclerio and his company Greenline Industries (an estimated cost savings to the District of $56,000).

Several games are scheduled to take place on the turf on Saturday, April 2 nd , including JV Girls Lacrosse (11 am, vs. Yonkers), JV Boys Lacrosse (4 pm, vs. Ardsley), Varsity Girls Lacrosse (1 pm, vs. Yonkers) and Varsity Boys Lacrosse (7 pm, vs. Ardsley). A ribbon-cutting ceremony beginning at 5:30 pm will include entertainment provided by student groups, short remarks by those instrumental to the success in bringing this field to fruition, and an unveiling of the new placement of the Rainaldi plaque in memory of former Mamaroneck teacher/coach/administrator Michael "Butch" Rainaldi. All community members are invited to attend.

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