Russell Street Complex Renovation

We’re thrilled to present our plans for the Russell Street Track & Field Complex, a project that promises to redefine athletic excellence on our campus. With your support, we’re set to transform Russell Street Field into a state-of-the-art facility that will benefit all of our student-athletes, from varsity teams to club and intramural sports.

Join us in building a legacy that celebrates athleticism, camaraderie, and achievement at Bates College. Together, let’s make a lasting impact on the future of Bobcat athletics!

Synthetic Turf Field

Russell Street Field is poised for a remarkable transformation in summer 2024. Combined with the College’s investment in the project, our $2 million fundraising goal will pave the way for the installation of a dual fiber artificial turf, reminiscent of the high-quality surface at Garcelon Field.

Equipped with a shock pad for enhanced safety and utilizing SBR rubber tire beads, this turf ensures durability and year-round usability. With plowable features, the field will remain accessible even in the harsh New England winters, providing consistent playing conditions for all athletes. Lights will also increase availability for scheduling practices and games for our many field-based varsity, club, and intramural teams, including soccer, lacrosse, rugby, and ultimate frisbee.

Your contribution to this project will not only address the pressing need for improved facilities but will also foster a more inclusive and competitive environment for our entire athletic community. Future upgrades will include new bleacher seating for fans to cheer on the many Bobcats competing on Russell Street Field, and a press box for game day coverage.

“Our coaches are teachers who educate through sport, and our fields are their class-room. Students deserve an athletic facility that will allow them to practice and compete year-round, that will maximize opportunities for success and minimize missed class time. It will improve recruitment for varsity student- athletes, and positively impact the student experience as a whole by increasing available field time for club sports.”
Jason Fein, Director of Athletics

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Track & Field Scoreboard

We’re also dedicated to honoring the legacy of Coach Al Fereshetian with a brand-new scoreboard, enhancing the meet-day experience for our track and field athletes.

With a fundraising goal of $150,000, every donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar by former track and field co-captain, Jeff Snyder ’00, doubling the impact of your generosity. This scoreboard, adorned with digital graphics to display event times, represents our commitment to modernizing our facilities and ensuring our student-athletes have the tools they need to excel.

Get in Touch

If you’re interested in learning more about the project or making a gift, please contact:

Tyler Lussier
Leadership Gifts Officer