July 18 - BETHANY, W.Va. — Construction is progressing on a total renovation and expansion of Bison Stadium adjacent to the Thomas P. Johnson Sports and Recreation Center, according to Dr. Scott D. Miller, President of the College. The entire complex is scheduled for completion by August.
Progressive construction pictures of the renovation and expansion are being posted on the Bethany web site at www.bethanywv.edu/athletics/facility-upgrades/.
Dr. Miller said that improvements include new artificial turf for the playing field, a rubberized all-weather track, stadium lighting, new field event amenitities and a total makeover of the women's softball field. The improvements are a part of a plan announced by Dr. Miller in January to make the entire Bethany campus "more contemporary in its appearance and services to our students."
"The entire campus and community will benefit from these improvements," Dr. Miller noted. "Not only will our intercollegiate program benefit, but the improved track will benefit the community walkers and all facilities will benefit our recreation/intramural program as well."
The Bethany President noted that the artificial turf on the playing field, a surface called FieldTurf, will enable practice and games for the football team as well as expanded use for other sports such as men's and women's soccer. He also noted that the College is developing a long range plan for additional intercollegiate sports and for further development of the recreation program.
Improvements for track and field include a new rubberized track surface, steeplechase pit and jump, and areas for pole vault, high jump, long/triple jump and throwing events. The Bison track team have been unable to host a home event for several years because of facility issues.
Top soil removed from the Bison Stadium playing field has been spread on a recently re-graded softball field which will include a new backstop and fencing.Other facility improvements campus-wide are targeted as a part of the College's five year, $52 million capital campaign Transformation Now! The Campaign for Bethany College announced by Dr. Miller in April. The campaign targets $25 million for endowment, $20 million for facility improvement, and $7 million for operations.