A March 11 special announcement from President Wilson-Oyelaran revealed that the complex will feature new baseball, softball, and artificial-turf football and soccer fields. The fields will be rotated from their current positions, Palmer said.
Although the fields will not initially be lit, the College plans to install lighting nodes on the soccer and football fields for eventual lighting, Palmer said. Western Michigan University and the nearby Kalamazoo Islamic Center will provide additional parking during games.
Senior soccer player Chelsea Smith thinks that the renovations will be a big recruiting draw for K, well worth the $16 million cost and the relocation of teams for the 2011-12 season. “I have been to every field in the MIAA and I’ve never seen such poor facilities,” she said of the current Angell Field complex. Better locker rooms, parking, stands and field conditions will help draw the best possible student athletes to K, she said.