The University of Colorado is planning a renovation of its Kittredge Field that will replace the turf, as well as add bleachers, locker rooms and concession stands so that it can serve as the home field for the school's inaugural women's lacrosse team.
Richelle Reilly, campus landscape architect, said renovations will begin over the summer as the women's lacrosse team will start practicing next fall in preparation for its season in the spring.
The upgrades will be phased in over three to five years, and they'll remain in place when the women's team moves to a permanent field. The Kittredge Field is near a cluster of dorms in the Kittredge complex, close to the intersection of U.S. 36 and Baseline Road.
Reilly said the field will be shared with club sport athletes, who will be able to practice and play games on the turf that was nearing the end of its 10-year life span and needs to be replaced soon. The plans are in their earliest stages, and there is not yet an estimate of how much the proposed upgrades will cost, though the Athletic Department will be footing the bill.
The partnership with the Athletic Department means CU students won't face a fee increase to replace the turf, according to CU officials. Beginning in the fall of 2013, CU students will pay a new student-approved fee: $125 a semester per student to fund a $63 million remodel of the Recreation Center. Construction of the new Rec Center is taking place through the fall of 2013.
The proposed upgrades to Kittredge Field will include bleachers seating for up to 1,000 people and a new scoreboard with updated lighting.
"It's a real win-win for both club sports and Athletics to be able to work together," said Kris Schoech, director of Club Sports at CU.
Club sports teams that play on Kittredge include lacrosse, soccer, rugby and field hockey teams, Schoech said.
The Buffs will be joining the four other Pac-12 women's lacrosse programs -- the University of Southern California, Stanford, University of Oregon and the University of California -- in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, which also includes the University of Denver. The Pac-12 will sanction women's lacrosse once a sixth team is added, according to Julie Manning, CU's associate athletic director.
Campus planners say the additional bleachers at Kittredge Field would be placed on the west side of the field, and the locker room and restrooms would be built at the southwest corner of the field with a plaza between them and the seating area.
Parking displaced by the bleachers and restrooms would be relocated to the west side of the Kittredge Loop Road.
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