New facilities add to athletic splendor
There are some new developments visible in the Bowdoin athletic program
this fall, both inside and outdoors. Most noticeable is the Howard F.
Ryan Field, which is located behind Farley Field House. The Astroturf
playing field is currently being used for women's field hockey, and will
also house lacrosse in the spring. Additionally, Bowdoin's squash courts
are now situated next to the field house, in the new Lubin Family Squash
"I think they (the new facilities) are wonderful," said Jeff
Ward, the College's athletic director. "Good people did the work,
and they did a good job. In some senses, they exceeded my expectations."
Both facilities were made possible by alumni gifts, and were officially
named and dedicated in the spring of 2000. The majority of the turf field's
funding came from H. Allen Ryan '64, in honor of his father, a member
of the class of '28.
"Some people were worried about putting an artificial turf field
into the space," Ward said. "But I don't think we have detracted
from it at all. That openness is still there, and I think later in the
fall it will be a gorgeous setting to play in."
The Lubin family, as well as several other alumni and contributors, made
the new squash facility possible. Kate and Emily Lubin, both recent Bowdoin
graduates, were important in the conception of the building. Emily (Class
of '95) played tennis and squash while at the College, earning four-year
letters on both squads. Kate, who graduated last spring, also excelled
on the squash team during each of her four years.
There are six singles courts in the building, and one court that is adaptable
for both singles and doubles matches. "Everything in there is very
simple, but it met every need we had," Ward said.
"The Lubin gift was a great one, and I believe it's the first time
where more than half the donation came from parents," Ward said.
"There was a real community feel with the project."
Ward is also pleased with the way the new facilities speak about the
College. "When Bowdoin does things, we want to do them well, so that
our students have the opportunities they're looking for," he stated.
He continued to signify that Ryan, the Lubin family, and the projects'
other contributors made important gifts to the school; ones that will
be utilized for many years to come. "Both of these [projects] will
stand the test of time, as do many of our other facilities," he said.