Edmonds Community College’s new multi-use turf field opens today and will be immediately put to use, as the women’s and men’s soccer teams host Skagit Valley College starting at 1:45 p.m.
The new field, funded with associated student fees, will be used for intercollegiate sports — soccer, baseball, and softball — student recreation and intramural sports, and physical education classes. It will also be available for community rentals.
The construction of the field, to replace the college’s grass baseball field, has been a long-planned improvement for the college that has been put off due to lack of funding. Currently, the college’s soccer and softball teams have to practice off campus and on rainy days the baseball team has resorted to Shop-Vacs and sponges in an effort to keep its soaked field usable.
“It will be a big draw for recruiting that we have one of the best fields throughout the league,” said baseball coach Brad Ditter.
Edmonds Community College Associated Students came through to make it possible for the college to begin construction of the $2.5 million field last summer. A student fee of $1.50 per credit will pay off the field. The college provided the upfront funding.
“Student government approved the funding of this project to increase the usability of the field area and make it accessible to more students for recreation,” said associated student leader Azan Jacobs. “The Triton Field will be a great addition to our campus. We have a new state of the art housing facility, student center and now a recreational field — all within a couple hundred feet of each other. This adds to the overall value of Edmonds Community College.”
The college’s coaches were able to give input into the design of the field that will include softball and baseball press boxes, a ticket booth, and bleachers.
“We’ll go from having no soccer field on campus to having the largest turf pitch in all of Snohomish County,” said women’s soccer coach Jeanette Delaney.