Sept. 28, 2007
BABSON PARK, Mass. - On Saturday morning at 11:30 a.m., Babson College held a special ceremony to officially dedicate its Astroturf playing field in honor of the MacDowell Family - former Trustees Ginny and Roy MacDowell, Jr., and their two sons, Roy III '00 and Todd '03. Henceforth, the field will be known as MacDowell Field.
The dedication was held as part of the College's annual "Back To Babson" celebration and took place at halftime of the men's lacrosse alumni game. Click here to view Babson's official press release on the MacDowell Field dedication.
Constructed in the summer and fall of 2000, MacDowell Field saw its first action in the spring of 2001. The first offical game on the turf occured on April 15, 2001, when the men's lacrosse team handily defeated visiting New England College by a score of 11-5.
Since that inaugural spring, this magnificent 11,000 square yard facility has been utilized by thousands of people within the Babson community, including student-athletes on varsity, junior varsity, intramural, and club teams. In addition, the turf has played host to many high school, recreation department, and summer camp events, making it the College's single most utilized outdoor field.
Three years after winning the first game on the turf, the men's lacrosse team made history again in 2003 by winning its first-ever ECAC Tournament Championship - the first tourney ever held on the field. Since then, the turf has played host to several tournament games, including the 2005 NEWMAC Field Hockey Semifinals and Finals, an NCAA Division III Tournament First Round game that same fall, and the 2007 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Semifinals and Finals.