BC breaks ground on synthetic turf field and stadium

On Wednesday, Apr. 26, the Bethlehem Central School District officially broke ground on a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field stadium at the high school. The project was approved by voters as part of the $40.7 million 2021 Facilities Improvement Project.

The synthetic turf field will provide nearly year-round access to a consistent playing and practice surface for BC student-athletes. The field will be used for interscholastic play by the school’s soccer, lacrosse and field hockey teams. The field will also be used for physical education classes for grades 9-12.

The field’s stadium complex will include accessible bleachers for up to 1,000 spectators, a press box, a scoreboard, and a sound system. Other features include a concession building with accessible restrooms, field maintenance storage, new and improved drainage and a state-of-the-art lighting system.

The field and stadium are expected to be completed sometime in fall 2023, weather permitting.

As part of the groundbreaking, administrators, coaches and teachers, student-athletes and members of the Board of Education celebrated the start of the project. They included, pictured l to r:

  • Gregg Nolte, Former Director of Facilities & Operations
  • David Doemel, Jr., BCHS School Principal
  • Brian Filarecki, Member of the Varsity Boys Soccer Team
  • Brian Spina, Varsity Boys Soccer Coach
  • Dave Rounds, Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach
  • Zackary Foro, Member of the Varsity Boys Lacrosse Team
  • Zach Tacelli, Supervisor of K-12 Physical Education
  • John McPhillips, Chief Business and Financial Officer
  • David Hurst, Ph. D., Deputy Superintendent
  • Holly Dellenbaugh, Board of Education President
  • Robert Tietjen, Board of Education Member
  • Meredith Moriarty, Board of Education Member
  • Jody Monroe, Superintendent of Schools
  • Nick Insognia, Director of Facilities and Operations
  • Len Kies, Director of Athletics and Wellness
  • Piera McGaughan, JV Girls Soccer Coach and Physical Education Teacher
  • Dani Blanchard, Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach/ JV Field Hockey Coach/Physical Education Teacher
  • Dawn Austin, Varsity Field Hockey Coach
  • Caroline Marotta, Member of the Varsity Girls Soccer & Varsity Girls Lacrosse Teams
  • Violet Piccinini, Member of the Varsity Girls Lacrosse Team
  • Violet Macdonald, Member of the Varsity Field Hockey Team

Video: Superintendent Jody Monroe speaks to WRGB 6 Sports about the new turf field.