Pfeiffer works on Lefko Field upgrade

Published 7:13 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2024

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Pfeiffer University, in partnership with Shaw Sports Surfaces and Advanced Sports Group, is completing a renovation to N.E. Lefko Field, home of Falcon soccer and lacrosse. A dedication ceremony and public recognition of donors to the effort is planned as part of the Homecoming game day schedule on Oct. 19.

The current natural grass surface at Lefko Field is being replaced with an artificial turf surface known by the brand name of Shaw Sports Turf Legion 2.0. The installation will cut field preparation time, improve field drainage and allow for safer competition following periods of rainy weather. In addition, the new playing surface will allow other organizations in the community to use the facility without risk of damage to the natural grass surface.

Lead donors to the project will be honored as a part of a dedication ceremony planned for Homecoming 2024. New signage will also be added to the field area to recognize those who helped bring the project to life as “Leadership Donors,” “Benefactors” and “Fans.” Gifts of $1,000 or more that are received by June 30 will be included on the new field signage.

“We are extremely excited to team with Advanced Sports Group to make Lefko Field a better place for our student-athletes to train and to compete for championships,” said Pfeiffer Athletics Director Zac Chilton.

Pfeiffer Vice President for Athletics and External Operations Jeff Childress echoes Chilton.

“Our student-athletes will have one of the premier surfaces on which to compete once this project is completed. There will be no finer place to play in our area,” said Childress. “We are thankful to the donors who are making this transformation possible.”

The new turf surface will continue to have NCAA regulation dimensions for all four sports that compete on the field. The Pfeiffer soccer teams will compete on a 120-by-75 yard pitch, while the men’s lacrosse field dimensions will be 110-by-60 yards. Pfeiffer’s women’s lacrosse team will have a playing dimension of 120-by-65 yards.

The men’s and women’s soccer lines will be in the traditional white markings while the men’s lacrosse markings will be black. The women’s lacrosse lines will feature Pfeiffer’s “Falcon Gray” color scheme.

The timeline for completion of the project is expected to be in late February to early March, weather permitting.

Gifts to support the field renovation project can be made at (designation “Lefko Field Upgrade”) or by contacting 704-463-3034.