While Worth Hills construction continues to garner attention, crews are preparing to construct new fields for intramural and club sports competitions.
The new fields are a result of scheduling issues faced by the growing involvement in club sport and intramural teams, said Jay Iorizzo, director of campus recreation.
“For the sport club program, we had to do a lot of creative scheduling,” he said. “There was just a lot of competition for field space among the sports clubs and the intramural teams.”
Logan Smith, men’s club lacrosse president, said several of the team’s games had to be relocated because of a lack of field space. He said TCU is missing out on prime gaming opportunities.
“Schools like SMU will do a big tournament,” he said. “Having a separate, nicer field will definitely help with competing with other schools.”
Smith said the terrain of the current fields makes it difficult for some clubs to use.
“It just kind of stinks when you play games where you don’t quite know what the ground is going to look like,” he said. “It has been a source of frustration for us over the years.”
The new field construction will include an effective drainage system and improved sprinkler system, said Harold Leeman, director of facilities, planning and construction.
“This will be a very good field,” he said. “I know that they have competitions and they probably haven’t come here because they haven’t had a good set place.”
Iorizzo said he is excited to see years of planning finally come to fruition.
“For many years, our students who participate in intramural and club sport programs have felt the impact of limited field space,” Iorizzo said. “We are just extremely excited for the opportunity for our students to have more acreage to be able to participate.”
The fields are in the final planning stages. The first stage of construction will begin at the end of February, Leeman said.
Teams will be able to use the fields when they return to campus in the fall.