Opening of Rowan’s new athletic practice fields set for August 26 on West Campus

Opening of Rowan’s new athletic practice fields set for August 26 on West Campus


With a swift  kick of a soccer ball by President Ali A. Houshmand, Rowan University will officially open its new, $4.6 million athletic practice facility on Rowan’s West Campus on Wednesday, August 26, at 10 a.m.

Situated on 17.5 acres on Route 322 across from the South Jersey Technology Park at Rowan University, the practice facility includes two fields for Prof football, soccer, field hockey and lacrosse athletes. One of the fields will be dedicated to the football and men’s and women’s soccer teams. The other field is for Rowan field hockey and lacrosse teams.

The venue also includes facilities for track and field athletes who compete in the hammer throw, javelin throw, long jump, triple jump and the pole vault.

Both fields are made of FieldTurf fiber, a synthetic product.

The University’s long-range plan is to locate all of its athletic facilities on the West Campus, a move that would free up space for additional academic buildings on the main campus. The practice fields were constructed because parking needed to be built on the Main Campus to replace lots that were taken by the construction of two new academic buildings for the colleges of Engineering and Business.

The sparkling new practice facilities, located on part of 600 acres on the West Campus just 1.5 miles from Main Campus, will help the University recruit talented student athletes, according to Dan Gilmore, Rowan’s athletic director.

“We hope this is the beginning of something even greater for Rowan athletics,” Gilmore says.

The field installation began in December 2014 and included the demolition of two structures.  The site preparation also required environmental cleanup.

Houshmand, Gilmore, Rowan Vice President and Chief of Staff Robert Zazzali and Rowan athlete Mike Parrillo all will speak during the dedication ceremony. A senior biochemistry major and member of the men’s track and field team, Parrillo is co-chair of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.

After the brief ceremony, Houshmand, who nearly pursued a professional soccer career, will officially open the fields by attempting to score a goal on a Profs goalkeeper. Rowan athletes are expected to join members of the University community and other guests for the dedication.