Updated 09/05/2012 06:47 PM
Albany College of Pharmacy opens new athletics field
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- The Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences soccer team played their first game of the season in their new division, the U. S. Collegiate Athletic Association. They are also playing their first game on their new synthetic turf field.
The Panthers held a ribbon cutting on the new field Wednesday. It's part of the college’s $50 million capital campaign. The new field is 20 percent larger than the old field and meets NCAA soccer guidelines for field dimensions.
School leaders say students will now have more opportunities to compete and play for national championships.
“We were part of a local group for many years, so for the first time we're going to play some teams throughout the country and we hope to do well enough to be involved in some national tournaments and it won’t only be good for us, but for the area and the neighborhood and Albany, New York, so we're pleased about that as well,” said Dr. James Gozzo, President Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
The field is the first phase of construction to be complete. A rubberized track, new lights and bleachers will be next.