Stony Brook University Athletics is building a new state-of-the-art outdoor track & field and FieldTurf practice facility that will serve as the home of the Seawolves men's & women's outdoor track & field programs as well as a practice site for the men's & women's lacrosse, men's & women's soccer and football teams. Construction on the $3 million University Track is underway with most of the project set for completion on Dec. 1, 2010.
The new facility, designed by Clough, Harbor and Associates (CHA) and Paige Design Group, and to be built by the LandTek Group, will sit on the grounds of the previous track on the west side of Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. The eight-lane track oval will be made of a full-pour Mondo polyurethane surface that is 13 millimeters thick and will have 8 42" inch lanes on the oval and both straight-a-ways, as well as two sprint chutes. The oval will also include space for the steeplechase.
The infield of the track will have the same FieldTurf surface that is used at LaValle Stadium. The 225'x 360' field will help alleviate the practice schedule needs for Stony Brook's men's & women's lacrosse, men's & women's soccer and football teams, who all currently use LaValle Stadium for both practice and game competition. The FieldTurf practice facility is expected to be ready for use in spring 2011.
The NCAA regulation track will be the final piece of the facility to be constructed. The track surface will be laid down in the spring, allowing for the outdoor track & field program to host home meets against some of the best teams in the Northeast beginning in the 2011-12 season.
The new facility will also include specialized areas for the field events. Adjacent to the oval will be pits and runways for the long jump, triple jump and pole vault events. Also adjacent to the oval, but within the infield, will be an area for the high jump. On the east side of the facility will be a throwing area complete with separate spots for the shot put, hammer/discus and javelin.