Johns Hopkins University President William R. Brody broke ground yesterday on the construction of a new grandstand on the north side of Homewood Field.
The grandstand, which will cost between $1.8 million and $2.3 million, will seat approximately 5,000, replacing the temporary bleachers erected during lacrosse season and bringing seating capacity to nearly 10,000 for lacrosse games.
The project is expected to be completed in time for the Blue Jays' men's lacrosse opener against Princeton on Feb. 27.
Built in 1906, Homewood Field is most often recognized as home for the men's lacrosse team, but it also serves the women's lacrosse, football, soccer, and field hockey programs.
The grandstand addition will help meet the demands of the large crowds anticipated for the 1998 World Lacrosse Championships, to be held at Hopkins next summer.
The field also is scheduled to be a site for first-round games in the 1998 NCAA men's lacrosse tournament and the 1999 NCAA women's lacrosse championship.
"This is a very important step in the continuing improvement of our athletic facilities," said athletic director Tom Calder.
"The construction of the stands and the beautification of Homewood Field have been a long time coming."
In addition to a new entrance and ticket booths, enhancements will be made beneath the stands in the form of new equipment and training rooms.
Part of the money for the project will come from three $1 million gifts from former football team member and 1958 Hopkins alumnus Wayne Shelley and his wife, Elaine, a 1959 Hopkins graduate.
The first $1 million is for the grandstand project. The second and third donations will be used to build an additional student recreational facility and for enhancement of the nursing school.
"We love the school very dearly; it stands for intelligence and integrity," Wayne Shelley said. "It was an easy choice."
Pub Date: 7/23/97