JCC breaks ground for new turf field

JCC turf field groundbreaking
Published: Sep. 29, 2022 at 6:13 PM EDT
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - When the 2023 fall sports season kicks off at Jefferson Community College, it will be on a brand-new turf field.

A groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday kicked off the $4.3 million project.

“Oh, we’re really pumped, especially with all the other schools having turf fields already,” soccer player Tanner Jones said. “It’ll bring us up to par and I’m ready.”

The $4.3 million cost is split three ways: $2 million comes from the county, another $2 million from the state, and the remaining $300,000 from JCC.

The turf will include multi-use lines for different sports and a large digital scoreboard.

“Our turnaround for all of our softball, baseball, soccer, will be about a 30-minute setup, and then we can go into the next sport,” athletic director Jeff Wiley said, “so it’s going to be very versatile.”

A water filtration system will also be included, making the turf more playable.

Officials say the nearly 140,000-square-foot turf field will not only attract more student athletes, it will also provide a longer season for some sports.

“Friends, you know we can get that winter storm in February, so hopefully it’ll clear pretty quickly,” Wiley said. “With those rubber pellets the turf clears pretty quickly, so we can get out there mid-February, early March.”

School officials say this will create a more engaging campus atmosphere.

“Having the ability to have everything here on campus is going to be amazing,” said Daniel Dupee, the administrator in charge at JCC. “It’s going to be great for our students, having our students only have to walk from the residence hall here or students that are in classes to walk from their classes over here will just be more engaging for everyone.”

The field is expected to be completed and ready to host its first home games by fall of 2023.