When the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation made its debut for fall sports media day on Aug. 19, the newest addition to campus received rave reviews.
“I think the stadium’s awesome,” says John Kelliher ’11, “I got to watch it progress [over the summer]. It came out really great.”
A captain and defensive back for the football team, Kelliher and his teammates got their first look at the all-new Boswell Field and the expanded Football Team Room during media day and then had the honor of participating in the first official practice on the FieldTurf under the stadium’s lights later that evening.
With a $4.4 million gift to Campaign for the Colleges, James F. ’56 and Cynthia L. Caird continued their exceptional dedication to the Colleges. The donation was the lead gift that made the renovation and expansion project possible. The Caird Center encompasses Boswell Field, the Froelich Gatehouse, the Elliott Varsity House, the Bristol Field House, and the Smith Squash Center.
The football team will play the first official game on the Boz on Sept. 11. The season opener against Dickinson will kick off at 12:07 p.m. and be televised live by Time Warner Cable Sports (www.twcs.tv).
Hobart and William Smith lacrosse will also play their home games on Boswell Field, while the stadium will serve as a second home for the soccer teams should Mother Nature make Cozzens Field unplayable.
Fans arriving for the debut will enter the stadium through the Froelich Gatehouse. Thanks to the leadership support of Eddie ’55 and Joanne Froelich, the front door to the stadium was completely renovated, refreshing the façade and complementing the stadium’s press box with a matching roof and elegant brick exterior.
The fan experience will also be enhanced by the new grandstand and scoreboard.
With a capacity of 3,000, the aluminum bleachers replaced the aging wooden planks of the old Boswell Field. The new seating includes approximately 250 fold down arena seats that will be reserved for Statesmen Athletic Association members during football and lacrosse games. Two of the VIP seating areas are named in honor of Robert H. Lowe ’71, P’05 and Trustee Garrett A. Mathieson ’74.
In addition to providing fans with the facts about the game, the scoreboard will include a video panel allowing game management personnel to show student-athletes themselves introducing the starting lineup to running commercials for corporate sponsors to displaying highlights of Hobart and William Smith Athletics.
The work in Elliott Varsity House expanded the size of the Eden Football Team Room, named in honor of Trustee Timothy S. ’79 and Chesney Eden, and the Abraham Sports Medicine Room, made possible by support from Eddie ’55 and Joanne Froelich. The facility also includes separate team rooms for several teams, including the John Topichak ’71 Memorial Team Room for Hobart Lacrosse; the Miller Team Room for Hobart Squash, made possible by a gift from Peter S. ’86 and Barbara A. Miller; and the Patricia Price Genovese Team Room for William Smith Lacrosse, named in honor of Coach Genovese P’01, P’03, P’05, P’08 by alumni, alumnae, parents and friends of the Colleges. Previously, the Hobart football and lacrosse teams shared a Team Room and William Smith lacrosse prepared for games in a room in Bristol Gym.
The new Class of 1945 Visiting Team Room, named by Eddie ’55 and Joanne Froelich in honor of Eddie’s 45th Reunion, provides an enhanced space for visiting teams. The Jerry Schmidt P’88 Hobart Staff Room, made possible by a gift from Jeremy N. Foley ’74 in memory of Schmidt, and the William Smith Squash Team Room in the Smith Squash Center were also renovated.
All of the team rooms feature crafted oak lockers, a whiteboard, and state-of-the-art video equipment for training, scouting, and game review.
“Walking into the facility gives you goose bumps,” says William Smith Lacrosse Head Coach Pat Genovese. “I’m so exciting for our student-athletes to get the opportunity to play in such a premier facility.
“It takes your breath away.”