Opinion of the Turf Fields

Annie Kelley

If you haven’t heard already, there’s been a rumor circulating the school about new turf to be installed on the Upper Field. This is super exciting for our athletic teams, especially field hockey and lacrosse! Personally, I think turf fields would be a great addition to our school and would greatly advance our athletics. Turf fields would not only be beneficial for the teams but also will be less work for maintenance. Every week, the fields are cut and with turf that wouldn’t have to be done. In addition, our rivals, Dana Hall, recently put in new turf over the summer. So if we are getting these new fields, it would put us at an even playing field (no pun intended) with them and other schools we play against. 

When speaking to Sister Rogers about this rumor, she did mention that there are two sides to this story. I went over the pros, so now here are the reasons why some people do not want the new turf. Sr. Rogers said that she was personally surprised by the number of people who expressed disapproval towards the idea. She said they were concerned about injuries on turf, and some even said the aesthetic of grass was much better for the school. 

This project would also be a huge investment for the school so they want to make sure it would be beneficial for students. Talking to both field hockey and lacrosse players, both have expressed excitement about it. Varsity field hockey players Jane Bresnahan ‘23 and Mairead Westover ‘23 both love the idea. Jane’s response to getting the field was, “Yes, 100% I think that playing on turf field will set us equal to our competition.” Mairead said, “It will increase our stick skills and will allow us to have a successful season.” Jane and Mairead added that the varsity field hockey team has visited the Simmons field at Daly multiple times this season to prepare for games on turf. If we do get turf it will eliminate this hassle of traveling to practice on other fields.

Overall, no matter what you think of this idea, the school is still in the “investigation process” and if you want to hear more about logistics and facts, read Kate Vander Vort’s article next edition.