Sabine Field Renovations

A new world for NU athletics

The opening festivities are over, and Norwich University is putting the upgraded Sabine Field to work.

It’s like nothing the university has had before. Teams are using the field constantly. Games are being played at night. Fans are discovering a dramatic new face for Norwich athletics.

For the alumni, friends and corporations that made this $6 million renovation possible, words can’t express how we feel. This video says it all.

It’s going to be a field day

Football and soccer players are already practicing and competing on the brilliant colors of the new synthetic turf of Sabine Field – the first of its kind at Norwich University.

On Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, it will be time to celebrate, with the official re-opening ceremony, a rededication, a tailgate party and plenty of athletics. Three teams will compete in this great new facility on a single day!

Thanks to a $6 million upgrade and renovation project, Sabine Field use has been opened up to five teams: Men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and football. There will be games all afternoon into the evening on Sept. 14.

  • Football vs. St. Lawrence, 1:30 p.m.
  • Women’s soccer vs. Albertus Magnus, 5 p.m.
  • Men’s soccer vs. Albertus Magnus, 7:30 p.m.

That’s just a start. Stadium lights will allow for the first outdoor night games in university history. Teams will be able to practice earlier in the spring, and the field and surrounding track will be utilized by the Corps of Cadets for physical training and field exercises. There are better arrangements for spectators, reporters and the coaching staff.

Saturday, Sept. 14 events

  • 10 a.m. rededication ceremony at the Sabine Field gate
  • 11 a.m. tailgate event at the Plumley Armory parking lot
  • 1 p.m. a grand re-opening ceremony will precede the football game

For information about the event, contact Sports Information Director Derek Dunning at 802.485.2902 or ddunning@norwich.edu.

View a timelapse video!

View the live webcam!

It’s almost ready!

As of July 24, the $6 million Sabine Field renovations are nearing completion. The field itself is completed with the artificial turf surface signed over to Norwich University earlier this week. The field features a large permanent “NU” logo in the middle and has been lined for football, men’s and women’s soccer, as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse.

Contractors have installed a brand new section of individual seats at midfield and are in the process of installing the rest of the bleachers to complete the 1,500-capacity grandstand. The new press box and President’s box are still under construction. However, they are expected to be completed in the next few weeks, well ahead of the first scheduled soccer games to be played on Aug. 30.

At the west end of the stadium sits Monument Plaza, which features the newly-refurbished WWII M4 Sherman “Sabine Sally” tank, along with the anchor and propeller that were previously located on the opposite end of the old Sabine Field.

The new hospitality plaza at the east end of the stadium that will feature concessions and merchandise is in the final stages of completion. There will also be a rubberized three-lane track that will enclose the artificial turf surface by the time the project is completed in August.

The Sabine Field rededication ceremony will take place on Sept. 14 when the Norwich football team hosts its home opener against St. Lawrence University with kickoff scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

To share your own photos of the renovation, email tmills1@norwich.edu.

Become part of Norwich history

The Sabine Field renovation offers naming opportunities for a variety of donor levels. View the attachment and learn how you can be part of the team that makes this historic project a reality!

Sabine Field naming opportunities (pdf)



Background

The renovation of Sabine Field is a 10-month, $6 million project that will bring outdoor sports to a new level at Norwich.

In addition to an artificial turf surface that will be used for a broader variety of sports and activities, plans include a new grandstand and media box, all-weather track, lighting, new scoreboard and connector between Plumley Armory and the field.

When complete, Sabine will no longer serve as just a football field. Renovations open the field to use by soccer, lacrosse and rugby teams, as well as Corps of Cadets training.

This just one project paid for by the successful three-year Bearing the Torch fundraising campaign. Construction began Nov. 5, 2012, and is expected to conclude in time for the 2013 fall sports season. And don’t worry, Norwich’s classic WWII M4 Sherman tank Sabine Sally will return, better than ever!

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