King Unveils New $4.5 Million Athletic Fields

An incredible upgrade this summer has transformed King School’s outdoor athletic facilities! Nancy and Tim Armstrong P’20, Lynn and Tom King P’20, ‘20, 23, and an anonymous family each generously provided $1,000,000 breakthrough lead gifts. These gifts also inspired meaningful support from additional King School families, enabling the long-held vision of state-of-the-art turfed fields in the center of our campus to become a reality!  

Architects and construction crews worked daily May-October to transform the uneven and often-flooded grass fields into a 4-acre, modern, multi-purpose athletic complex! New shaded team benches, bleachers, fencing, netting, sidewalks, and entrances, frame the turfed baseball and softball fields. Two new scoreboards, one for the Armstrong and King Family Fields, and the second for the baseball field, have been erected to broadcast scores for multiple sports in both fall and spring. Beyond the home team bench, now along the first baseline, is a turfed batting tunnel/bullpen, named by a generous donor in honor of the 2020 Baseball Team and their season that could have been.  

Plus a new multi-purpose field has been created and lined for soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. Additionally, two new practice areas have been established. The complex, as a whole, provides greater access to enhanced, safer, and more versatile playing surfaces and professional quality fields for all King Lower, Middle, and Upper School students, teams, activities, and community members.  

Thank you for the dedicated efforts and vision of our Buildings and Grounds committee members --  Mi-Sun Freeman, Nancy Heaton, Greg Jansen, Kim Leeker (Staffuly Lead), and Peter Resnick (Chair)   -- who collaborated with our construction partners Colliers International, Redniss & Mead, SLAM Collaborative, and White Contractors.  

We are thrilled with the tremendous benefit that the new complex provides to our Varsity teams across seven sports.  Additionally, King’s Junior Varsity and Middle School athletes will now have vastly greater opportunities, as all teams will now have access to “home” practice field locations, regardless of weather or scheduling challenges, and all athletes will be able to practice and train on the same surfaces they will compete on at home and on the road. The new turfed fields also support student health and safety as the surface depth, infill material and infill weights were chosen for optimal field and playing conditions, including injury prevention. These fields are going to see tremendous year-round use by every student at King! We look forward in the future to gathering en-masse as athletes and spectators in our new athletic complex and sharing our Viking pride!