WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- University president Peter Salovey and school officials celebrated their new state-of-the-art baseball playing surface at Yale Field and honored those responsible for the upgrades prior to the Bulldogs' doubleheader against Dartmouth on Saturday morning.
Joined by Yale Director of Athletics Tom Beckett and Yale Baseball Head Coach John Stuper, President Salovey welcomed and thanked Bill DeWitt, Yale Class of 1963 and Stephen Greenberg, Yale Class of 1970, for their tremendous generosity to make the improvements.
Mr. DeWitt and Mr. Greenberg each threw out ceremonial first pitches on the sun-drenched field prior to the game.
"This new field will help bring our community together, this field will help us celebrate our common identity, will allow us to cheer on our student athletes, and will help us enjoy the national pastime, just as Yale alumni, parents, faculty, students and staff have done for 150 years," President Salovey said in a pre-game ceremony near the pitcher's mound. "Thank you both for your support of Yale student athletes, coaches, athletics program, and the Yale community."
Enhancements were also made to the bullpens, outfield fence, and dugouts.
"This field has great history and deserves to have the best field and the best facilities, as Yale does as well, and I'm just very pleased to be a part of it," Mr. DeWitt said. "I'm excited for this team, who won an Ivy League championship last year and hopefully this field will be the home of many more Ivy League Championships in the future."
"Some of my most memorable hours were spent here at Yale Field, and I want to recognize and thank my coach, also a Major Leaguer, Ken MacKenzie," Mr. Greenberg said. "It's a pleasure to be here with so many friends on this beautiful day and I wish you all good luck and many happy moments for you Yalies at Yale Field."
Coach Stuper opened the ceremony and summed up the occasion.
"This is an unbelievably special day for our program," Coach Stuper said. "Yale baseball is entering a new era thanks to Mr. DeWitt and Mr. Greenberg."
Summary of Yale Field Project
- Grass field converted to complete synthetic turf including pitching mounds. Turf vendor is Field Turf. Infill for turf is sand and virgin rubber.
- Dugout improvements including new benches, expanded seating areas, drains connect to water runoff system (old drains went to dry well and dugouts often flooded during heavy rain), and new safety fencing.
- New perimeter fencing.
- Improved home team bullpen.
Report filed by Ernie Bertothy, Yale Sports Publicity