MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University Department of Athletics officially opened Penmen Stadium – its brand new, state-of-the-art facility – when it held its ribbon-cutting ceremony in front of a crowd of more than 300 people Saturday morning and then followed that up with a men's lacrosse victory in the first game played on the new turf.
The ceremony began at 10 a.m., with Director of Athletics Anthony Fallacaro welcoming the crowd, before remarks from both SNHU President Paul LeBlanc and UC President Patty Lynott led up to the ribbon cutting.
Athletes from each team that call the facility home stood with the ribbon, along with Fallacaro, LeBlanc and Lynott, while Associate Athletic Director for Operations, Facilities and Equipment James Gassman joined to cut the ribbon. Photos were taken with the Board of Trustees, as well as each SNHU athletic team that was in attendance.
Tours of the building were then given to those that were interested, with light refreshments being served leading up to the men's lacrosse game, which then officially put the stadium to use. The team opened the facility and its season with a 14-11 victory over Georgian Court University, with junior Tom Schutz (Trumbull, Conn.) tallying the first Southern New Hampshire goal in Penmen Stadium history.
The facility is home to men's and women's soccer, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's tennis, and women's track & field, and will also host select field hockey home games.
The new complex houses a 1,500-seat stadium overlooking a Field Turf surface that includes Musco lighting. The field is lined for soccer, women's and men's lacrosse, and field hockey. A sound system, as well as a state-of-the-art video and scoreboard from Daktronics, adorn the new stadium. The facility, set on 23 acres, also includes an IAAF-certified, eight-lane Beynon Sports Surfaces BSS 1,000 track that surrounds the field, and a dedicated throws area next to the stadium. The new complex also includes a new six-court tennis facility.
The concourse level of the facility accommodates ticket booths, concession stands and restrooms, while the inside of the facility features media and productions suites, a custom, two-level, 5,200-square foot strength and conditioning center, a training room, equipment room, expansive locker rooms, 16 offices for coaching staffs, and a Penmen Club space with sliding doors that open to a balcony with intimate views of the playing surface.
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