Ribbon cutting ceremony ‘officially’ opens Memorial Stadium & Aubrey Bonham Track

Ribbon cutting ceremony ‘officially’ opens Memorial Stadium & Aubrey Bonham Track

Photos by: Tony Leon/ActionWestPhotography.com

WHITTIER, Calif. – Student-athletes, parents, alumni, College trustees, and community members joined the Whittier College Athletic Department, Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman and President Sharon Herzberger for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the new Wallace "Chief" Newman Field and Aubrey-Bonham Track.

Speakers at the event included Robert Coleman, Sharon Herzberger, and Kevin O'Donnell, a senior on the Men's Lacrosse team.

The $1.5 million project was made possible by gifts from a number of generous individuals. Prominently, a $1 million leadership commitment provided by Carole Pickup '57 and Richard H. Pickup '55 supported the renovations and will also enable Whittier to make other strategic investments in its athletic programs. Other alumni and friends making significant commitments to the project include Christopher Martin '94, Richard and Linda Ruben, John '57 and Robin DeWitt, Donald J. '74 and Cheryl Herrema, Austin '85 and Tamara Major, Jack '55 and Sandi Fox, and Zach Gerbarg P'07 and family.

Currently, more than one-third of the College's students are NCAA athletes. In total, seven Poet teams will directly benefit from this renovation project: men's and women's lacrosse, football, men's and women's track and field, and men's and women's soccer. A number of other students and community members will also be able to enjoy the new facility for recreation and fitness.

Some of the new renovations/additions to both facilities include:

Wallace "Chief" Newman Field

•Field Turf

•Lacrosse Netting Installation

•Daktronics Sound System

•Goal Posts

•Conduits/Cables Underneath the Turf for Live Streaming Capabilities

•Dezember Gateway

Aubrey-Bonham Track

•Benyon Synthetic Track Surface

•Whittier College Logos

•Relocation of Sandpits & Pole Vault Pit

•New runway for the Javelin

•Upgraded Landscaping