Weston Field Athletic Complex

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Weston Field Athletic Complex
Weston Field 1889.jpeg
Location Williamstown, MA

Weston Field Athletic Complex is a Williams College facility and home of the Williams Ephs football team in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Although primarily used for American football, the complex also hosts the home fields for the Williams College track & field, lacrosse and field hockey programs. Renovations completed in 2014[1] include artificial turf surfaces, a new grandstand, an addition for field hockey, a new track, lighting for the fields and a large support building

History[edit]

In 1884, Williams College purchased the land at the present-day athletic site from the Sherman family on Meacham Street. In 1886, ex-Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts Byron Weston donated $5,300 to the College. This money was used to grade and improve drainage of the complex. By 1893, Weston Field encompassed 13 acres that included facilities for baseball and football. Subsequently Weston contributed another $2,500 to help fund the creation of an athletic cinder track and the construction of a grandstand that was completed in 1901.

The previous grandstand and press box were constructed in 1987 and demolished in December 2013

Although maintenance upgrades and improvements occurred during the next several decades, a major renovation of Weston Field didn’t occur until the late 1980s, when the Anthony Plansky Track, funded by George Steinbrenner, was completed (1987) along with a three-story press box and aluminum bleachers on the east side of the field. The Renzi Lamb Field for lacrosse and intramural sports, completed in 2004, was the first artificial turf facility in Berkshire County.[2]


Geology[edit]

Weston Field is adjacent to Christmas Brook that drains more than 640 acres of higher ground located to the southwest of downtown Williamstown. The field’s location proximity to Christmas Brook and its associated wetlands has made it susceptible to recurrent drainage problems. A thick, impervious layer of clay beneath Weston Field keeps the groundwater close to the surface during any wet period. The field of thick sod was susceptible to intermittent muddy conditions. Former Williams College football coach, Dick Farley, reflecting on Weston's history recalled a memorable game in 1995. The Williams versus Amherst game, televised by ESPN, was played in a quagmire; neither side was able to achieve significant yardage resulting in a 0–0 tie.[3][4]

An engineering study submitted to the Williamstown Conservation Commission details the various soils present and hydrology issues that are associated with Weston Field. These problems will be rectified during the current renovation.[5]

Recent Renovations[edit]

Inaugural football game at the new Farley-Lamb field located on the renovated Weston Athletic Complex - September 20, 2014
Renovations continued during the winter months of 2014

On October 15, 2012, Williams College President Adam Falk announced a $22 million renovation project with new facilities for football, field hockey, men’s and women’s lacrosse, and men’s and women’s track. Construction began immediately after the 2013 Williams-Amherst football game and was completed in September 2014 in time for the football season. [6] The new Complex includes artificial turf with expanded lighting on the playing fields, which will allow four-season athletic practice

References[edit]

  1. ^ To Weston Field at williams.edu
  2. ^ The Williams Record – Christopher Weihs October 31, 2012
  3. ^ The Berkshire Eagle – Howard Hermon – November 9, 2013
  4. ^ -->Berkshires – December 11, 2013 – Dick Farley, Former Williams Head Coach, recalls Weston Field’s history.
  5. ^ Conservation Commission Submission Weston Field – May 9, 2013 by Clough Harbour & Associates, LLP CHA Project No. 24790
  6. ^ Dravis, Stephen (31 October 2012). "Williams College's Weston Field Project Starts Next Fall". iBerkshires.com. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 

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Coordinates: 42°42′26″N 73°12′12″W / 42.707101°N 73.20346°W / 42.707101; -73.20346