UAlbany To Break Ground On New Track And Field Venue Wednesday

Photo: Above is a rendering of the new UAlbany track and field venue.

ALBANY, N.Y. -- The University at Albany athletic department will break ground on a brand new track and field venue at University Field Wednesday. The ceremony will begin at 1:00 p.m. Head Coach Roberto Vives, Director of Athletics Dr. Lee McElroy, and other University officials will be in attendance and officially break ground.

All are welcome to attend. There will also be a live video stream of the ceremony on DaneZone. Click here to watch.

The new track and field venue will have a 9-lane IAAF certified track.  The surface will be the Olympic-caliber Beynon BSS 2000 that features a force reduction layer of butyl rubber and full-depth color Polyurethane. Other top track and field venues that have this surface include the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field and multiple national track and field champion Texas A & M. There will be a natural turf infield that will include a throws area as well as an irrigation system. The project also includes a separate hammer throw area adjacent to the venue. 

The facility will be home to the University at Albany men’s and women’s track and field programs that swept the America East Outdoor Championship hardware for the fifth straight season Sunday afternoon at Binghamton University. The first-place men accrued 230.5 points, which was 54 points better than second-place UMBC. The women were also dominant, besting their nearest opponent by 109 points with a conference-record total of 245 points in the title meet.

In 2012-13, UAlbany took home all four America East track and field titles, sweeping the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor championships.

31 America East Championships, 3 IC4A Championships
▪ Men’s Cross Country: 2011
▪ Men's Indoor: 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09*, 2009-10*, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13
▪ Women's Indoor: 2009-10, 2010-11, 2012-13
▪ Men's Outdoor: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009*, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
▪ Women's Outdoor: 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
*won both AEast and IC4A titles