Camden Catholic opens first turf field

CHERRY HILL — Camden Catholic High School’s “Fields of the Future” fundraising campaign to build the school’s first state-of-the-art synthetic turf athletic field became a reality Oct. 4 with the grand opening of the new field before the football team’s first home game of the year.

Prior to the game, school officials and the coaches and captains of the six sports teams which will play on it were led in a blessing of the field, in a prayer asking for the safety of the students who will play on its surface. In addition to the football team, the field will be used by girls’ field hockey, boys’ and girls’ soccer, and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse.

The synthetic turf field – made possible by fundraising activities and alumni donations – is made by the Wayne, Pa.-based sports facility construction company Sprinturf. It is the same company that has installed fields for the Kansas City Chiefs as well as an abundance of local installations including LaSalle University, Temple University, Drexel University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia Eagles’ indoor training field at the Nova Care Center.

The opening of the main athletic field is the first phase of the 122-year-old college preparatory school’s capital improvement campaign. Phase Two of the Fields of the Future campaign will include construction of a new six- or eight-lane track, beginning in 2010.

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