Five different Bobcat programs were elevated with Quinnipiac’s latest athletic facility enhancement that includes a pair of new on-campus venues.

"These two stadiums, the complex, facilities, and fields are certainly the best quality you are going to find anywhere in higher education today." – Quinnipiac President John Lahey

Centerbrook designed two new athletic facilities on the Mount Carmel Campus of Quinnipiac University: one shared by the men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse teams, the other for women’s field hockey.

The soccer and lacrosse stadium design features permanent seating for up to 1,500 spectators and includes an infill turf playing surface. Atop the grandstand are two covered terraces for spectating and special events.

The field hockey facility includes permanent seating for up to 500 fans and an artificial turf field. Consistent playing conditions will be maintained through a high-velocity irrigation system set around the periphery of the pitch.

Both venues carry the traditional look of Quinnipiac’s main academic and residential campus architecture with brick and cast stone façades. Each features a full complement of support spaces including: locker, team and training rooms for the competitors and staff; broadcast-ready press boxes for the media; first aid and restrooms for spectators.

Opened for 2017-18 athletic seasons, the project involved subsurface drainage for both fields and the creation of a restored wetland and bioswales to filter and channel water runoff.

“We have hosted many opponents [already], and all have told us this is the best field hockey complex in the entire nation.” – Quinnipiac Field Hockey Head Coach Becca Main

“It’s a facilities arms race in college athletics, and I think we’re primed to have one of the best facilities in the region, if not the country. For soccer and lacrosse, I don’t know of any facility that’s better.” – Quinnipiac Men’s Lacrosse Head Coach Eric Fekete

“As I approached I saw the QU field hockey team practicing on their incredible new field within the best field hockey venue I have ever seen. The goose bumps went to emotion. I was blown away more than you could imagine. Moving past the field hockey venue up to soccer/lacrosse, I continued to say ‘wow, awesome, incredible,’ and many other superlative words. Seeing the soccer field, venue, scoreboard, seating, press box, locker rooms and more, again makes me say, ‘this is the best soccer/lacrosse venue I have ever seen.’” – Jack McDonald, former Quinnipiac University and University of New England athletic director

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