LANCASTER, Pa. – The Schnader Field House at Franklin & Marshall’s Alumni Sports and Fitness Center (ASFC) has recently undergone a 12-week renovation to both the ground floor and balcony surfaces, allowing student-athletes, students and other members of the College community access to one of Division III’s best athletics facilities.
“I am extremely appreciative for the generosity of the trustees and administration, not only for the resurfacing of the field house, but also for the collaboration to make the ASFC a premiere facility for our track & field and tennis teams,” stated Director of Athletics and Recreation Patricia S.W. Epps.
Measuring 51,000 square feet, the ASFC's ground floor is a composite of rubber and urethane, featuring a coarser track surface that closely replicates an outdoor one and allows for the use of spikes up to an eighth of an inch for runners. The track has six lanes on the corner and eight on the straightaway, which is consistent for the indoor sport and easily places the facility among the top-five in Pennsylvania for track & field competition. Conduit was placed at the finish line to make it more accessible for timers and sets the facility up for a future built-in timing system.
Five indoor tennis courts will provide a top-notch practice and competition location for the varsity sport, as well as serving as a practice location during times of inclement weather for multiple in-season teams. The area also can be configured to have five basketball courts, two volleyball courts, four badminton courts and a pair of batting cages.
“The AFC not only benefits athletics, but is also beneficial to the whole F&M community,” said Epps. “The new surface allows for countless activities to take place on the floor and is available for students to participate in games such as pickup basketball, soccer, baseball and various other athletic activities.”
The approximately 12,100 square feet suspended track also received an upgrade with a polyturf-plus system. The three jogging lanes on the upper track provide a much softer and more forgiving surface that is popular among runners and walkers, while the material on both the bottom and upper tiers will help reduce the risk of sports-related injuries.
A budget of $750,000 was projected for the venture, but the College came in under that figure.