In With the New
Biddle Field locker rooms razed to make room for Durden Athletic Training Center
February 7, 2013
A crowd of 100 spectators gathered on a chilly February morning
to watch the first pieces of the outgoing Biddle Field locker-room
facilities crumble and fall to the ground, paving the way for the
new Durden Athletic Training Center.
Funded by a $6 million gift from Sam Rose '58 and his wife,
Julie Walters, the new 22,000-square-foot Durden Center took one
step closer to becoming a reality, and Vice President for Enrollment,
Marketing & Communications and Dean of Admissions Stephanie
Balmer addressed the audience.
"Although the space has been maintained over the last 36 years,
it has not remained competitive in our recruitment of student
athletes," Balmer said of the single-story brick structure, fenced
off and awaiting demolition. "We continue to attract top talent,
and it is exciting to now have a facility that enables our student-athletes and the entire campus community to enjoy the trajectory of
Built in 1962 and expanded in 1974 with funds provided by the
Washington Redskins (who used the facilities for pre-season
practice), the Biddle Field locker rooms now fade into Dickinson's
past as part of the ongoing facilities-enhancement effort, whose other projects include the recently completed Dr. Inge P. Stafford Greenhouse for Teaching and Research, Phyllis Joan Miller Memorial Field and an expansion to the Rector Science Complex that will be completed in fall 2013.
"This is a momentous occasion for Dickinson Athletics, as we are
here to honor and support our Red Devil teams and
their successes in the classroom and on the field," Balmer told the
crowd. "We are also here to honor the spirit of philanthropy and
alumni support of our college, and this project would not be
possible if it were not for the generosity of Sam Rose and his
wife, Julie Walters."
Named to honor the tenure of President William G. Durden ’71 and his wife, Dr. Elke Durden, the Durden Center will
feature separate locker rooms for men's and women's lacrosse,
football, field hockey and coaches, officials and visiting teams; a strength-training and free-weight room; sports-medicine
facilities; and an exhibition area to honor Dickinson athletics.
Learn more about the Durden Athletic Training Center and how alumni can support the construction effort.
Photo by Carl Socolow '77