In an ongoing effort to elevate the training and playing environment to match the strength and rigor of the school's thriving athletics program, PCD has partnered with Bayside Futebol Club to construct a new, 81,000-square foot premium artificial turf playing field.
"Bayside FC is a true leader in developing the top athletes in our region, and we could not be more thrilled to partner with such a reputable youth soccer organization to create a state-of-the-art home field for both our athletic programs," says Mark McLaughlin, associate head of school, Providence Country Day School. "The new turf field is yet one more way for us to improve the student-athlete experience, elevate our athletic facilities, and amplify school spirit by giving our players and their families a home-field they can be proud of."
Replacing PCD's signature Varsity Field located on Waterman Avenue, the new multi-sport synthetic field will be the new home to both Bayside FC and PCD athletic teams offering hundreds of young athletes a superior playing experience. The new field will host both soccer and lacrosse practices and games serving more than 500 student-athletes from kindergarten to high school seniors. With installation led by RAD Sports, the $1.5 million-dollar project financed by BankNewport will begin immediately with an anticipated completion date in November. The renovation will include new stadium lighting, security fencing, and multi-tiered seating.
"The new turf field and partnership with Bayside is yet another way PCD furthers its commitment to offering every possible opportunity to our students to take risks, learn, and grow whether on the sports field or in the art studio," says PCD Board of Trustees President John Mullen '02.
The new turf field follows a popular trend among schools throughout the country to replace natural grass fields with a premium synthetic surface for its cost-effective, weather-resistant, and more durable and consistent playability benefits. The new field offers PCD additional opportunities to host year-round play, evening games, and other community events or regional athletic tournaments without significant risk of wear or damage to the playing area.
"Our missions are similar. Both PCD and Bayside work every day to help young people identify their strengths, foster leadership, and empower personal growth. We could not imagine a better partner for our program, and we look forward to bringing our players and families to the PCD campus," says John Mark Andrade, president of Bayside FC.
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