Support Briton Athletics

Albion College encourages donations to the A-Club annual fund and the second phase of athletic facility improvements.

Through your support of the A-Club, you will be helping to support the intercollegiate sports for both men and women at Albion College.

Expected to cost more than $3 million, the upgrades include the construction of a soccer/lacrosse competition facility, the relocation of softball's Dempsey Field to the southeast corner of Alumni Field, and the reconfiguration of baseball's Frank Joranko Field. Also planned are a new entrance to Alumni Field, serving as a gateway to the entire complex, and a centrally located outdoor plaza that will offer a gathering space for players and fans.

“These changes will contribute importantly to winning league championships and gaining broader recognition for Albion’s varsity programs,” said Matt Arend, director of athletics. “They will also demonstrate in a highly visible way that the College is committed to our student-athletes—we intend to provide them with the facilities needed to help them succeed at a very high level.”

These projects represent a continuation of improvements that began in summer 2011 with the installation of artificial turf on the football field, the resurfacing of the Elkin Isaac Track, and construction of new runways and landing pits for the jumping events at Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium, as well as new cages for the discus and hammer and a launch area for javelin throwing events at Alumni Field.

"Continuing to invest in our athletic facilities will benefit the entire campus community by alleviating the pressure for open recreation periods in the Dow Recreation and Wellness Center," Arend said. "We have seen this winter how teams can make use of the artificial turf inside Sprankle-Sprandel Stadium in January and February, and this will only increase with the addition of another turf field."

“In implementing the College’s master plan for the campus, the Board of Trustees has given full support to the athletic facilities upgrades,” observed President Donna Randall. “We have completed significant renovations in our academic buildings over the past decade. Now it’s time for us to turn our attention to our athletic facilities.”

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