After being approved last summer, Hendricken’s new turf field was installed in recent weeks, in time for the upcoming fall season. Its new scoreboard is on school grounds, as well, and that will be installed within the next month to complete the Hawks’ new state-of-the-art facility.
The previous turf field was ripped up following 12 years of use, after several Hawks’ athletic teams constructed numerous wins and championship runs on it.
“We’re all really excited (for the new field), but it’s a little bittersweet for me,” Hendricken head coach Keith Croft, who has guided the Hawks to seven consecutive gridiron titles, said. “I was an assistant when the old field was put in over 10 years ago, and that was state of the art at the time. We had so many games and memories on that old field.”
Hendricken president John Jackson echoed some of the same sentiments as Croft, but added that the new and improved venue will allow current and future students to create their own lasting memories.
“There were a lot of great memories (with the old field), and we’ll be looking to make new ones on the new field,” Jackson said. “There will be a great opportunity for upcoming kids to make their own memories in football, soccer, lacrosse and rugby.”
Jackson is hoping that the new-look field will also give Hawks past and present something to be proud of, drawing more alumni to athletic events.
“It will definitely be a source of pride for alumni, especially for those who played with the holes in the grass field for all those years,” Jackson said. “This is an exciting new beginning.”
The soccer and football teams will be the first groups to use the brand new field this fall.
A Hendricken soccer schedule has yet to be released, but Croft and the Hawks will take their new field for the first time on Sept. 15, when they take on rival La Salle at 7 p.m. under the lights.
“The kids are thrilled,” Croft said of having a new field for the upcoming season. “We’re all looking forward to it. The whole athletic department is going to benefit from it.”