Alumni Field

Alumni Field is the area behind the Dow Physical Education and Recreation Center that includes Dempsey Field (softball), Joranko Field (baseball), the competition soccer field, practice fields for the soccer and football teams and the British Eighth marching band, and a field for intramural activities.

The summer of 2003 was a busy time at Alumni Field, as an underground irrigation system was installed to cover the entire area and the soccer competition field was completely renovated.

Albion alumnus David Johnson '70 made a significant gift toward improving the field. Johnson was selected as the most improved player of the 1969 men's soccer team that posted an impressive 8-3 record and has been enshrined in Albion's Athletic Hall of Fame. The '69 men's soccer team has a history of supporting the current program, raising funds for the current scoreboard at the field which was erected during the Briton Athletic Drive.

Two of Johnson's daughters, Stephanie Fleming '97 and Andrea 2000, also graduated from Albion. Andrea was a letter winner in the Britons' women's soccer program.

Johnson's support allowed Albion College grounds supervisor Mark Frever to come up with a plan that would ease the wear and tear on the turf by expanding the amount of area around the field allowing for options to move the playing area with field paint.

The soccer competition field was built up like a platform, and there was an especially sharp drop just past the touch line on the east end of the field. Using laser leveling, the grade on the field has been reduced to less than one percent and utilities have been moved back to give Frever more land to work with which will allow the grounds crew different positions for the field to lie during the season.

The renovated field is built on top of a subsurface that features five to eight inches of a mixture of sand and gravel and six inches of top soil.

Another improvement at Alumni Field was the installation of a gravel path between the soccer competition and practice fields that will allow for easier traffic to the football practice fields in the southeast corner.