Chase AstroTurf Field
Chase Field #3, to the immediate south of the new Burnham Soccer Field, has been converted from natural grass to a new AstroTurf™ synthetic surface, to serve as the home of Big Green varsity field hockey and to accommodate a variety of recreational sports. Since 2000, Dartmouth’s field hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse teams have shared an AstroTurf™ surface in Scully-Fahey Field, but with wear and tear necessitating replacement, the College recently installed a FieldTurf™ “infill” field – now the preferred playing surface for lacrosse – in that facility, with the intention of converting a separate field to AstroTurf™, a smoother surface considered ideal for field hockey.
The synthetic surface installed on Chase Field #3 will be AstroTurf™ 12, a knitted nylon product installed over an elastic layer and a deep sub-base to facilitate excellent drainage and to provide shock absorbency and adequate protection from New Hampshire's frost heaves. The facility will also comprise seating for 600 spectators, a new scoreboard, fencing, portable scorer’s table, and built-in watering system. It also includes environmentally-friendly water reclamation features to reduce water usage and to minimize flow into the public storm water system.
Simultaneously, the southernmost portion of Chase Field, known as Field #4, is being reconstructed into a high-quality natural grass field, for use primarily as a practice field for the Big Green men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams. The new field will be sodded, sand-based, and irrigated, similar to nearby Burnham and Blackman Fields. The playing surface is being widened to meet NCAA soccer guidelines and the project will also include a deep sub-base for superior drainage.
"The construction of a new AstroTurf™ field, coupled with the installation of FieldTurf™ in Scully-Fahey Field, ensure that our varsity field hockey and men’s and women’s lacrosse programs all have ideal playing surfaces for their respective sports, and expand recreational opportunities as well," said Josie Harper, director of athletics and recreation. "In addition, the creation of a high-quality grass practice field, combined with beautiful new Burnham Field, creates a first-class competition and training environment for our men’s and women’s varsity soccer teams."
These field upgrades are the latest in a comprehensive series of athletic facility improvements totaling well over $80 million since James Wright became Dartmouth’s 16th president in 1998. The projects have included construction of Boss Tennis Center and Gordon Pavilion, Scully-Fahey Field, Blackman Football Practice Fields, McLane Lodge at Dartmouth Skiway, Corey Ford Rugby Clubhouse and Fields, Burnham Field, the Sports Pavilion, and Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park, along with major renovations to Leverone Fieldhouse, Hanover Country Club, Berry Squash Courts, Alumni Gymnasium (including a new Fitness Center), Memorial Field, and Floren Varsity House.