Duke’s first major construction project with the Duke Forward funds is complete. The Athletic Field Complex, located on Bassett Drive across the street from Koskinen Stadium, will be utilized as the new practice location for Duke’s men’s and women’s soccer and lacrosse programs. The Athletic Field Complex consists of three fields; two state of the art turf fields installed by AstroTurf and one Bermuda sod field. Varsity athletics will not be the lone beneficiaries of Duke’s facility upgrades. The fields will also be used for a number of Duke’s sport club teams, including rugby, soccer, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee, as well as intramural sports.
The practice facility includes a storage building that will house a video room for the use of Duke’s varsity athletics programs. The fields are equipped with nine video cameras, all of which will be wired back to a central control room, so teams can further analyze videotapes from their practices. One of the new fields’ biggest advantages will be the superior drainage system.