Doerr Family Field, a “labor of love for all of us in the Cal Poly community,” according to Mustang Director of Athletics Don Oberhelman, was officially opened Friday afternoon with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
More than 100 Cal Poly staff and faculty, current Mustang student-athletes, football alumni and the media were on hand as Oberhelman, Richard A. and Kathleen M. Doerr and Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong cut the ribbon to inaugurate the $4.8 million facility.
The field will become the primary practice facility for Mustang football. For the past eight years, Cal Poly football players dressed in full gear have walked, biked or driven their cars a mile across campus to the upper fields of the Cal Poly Sports Complex for practice. No more.
Student-athletes from most of the 21 athletics teams at Cal Poly will be able to walk from their locker rooms in Mott Athletics Center to a new state-of-the-art synthetic-turf field adjacent to the refurbished Cal Poly Track.
“As a senior, it’s awesome to have this facility,” said quarterback Khaleel Jenkins. “It will save us a lot of time and energy and this field shows how tight-knit the community of former Cal Poly football players is, helping the program out for many years to come.”
“Doerr Family Field will have an immediate impact on the lives of our student-athletes," Mustang head football coach Tim Walsh said earlier this week. “Because of the field’s location, proximity to the locker room, training room and weight room, the lives of our student-athletes will be significantly improved.
“This may be the single most-impactful addition in our football history,” Walsh added. “Our players are so excited to get going with training and practicing in a truly beautiful facility!”
Many members of the football team actually worked out on the new field Friday morning and gave thumbs-up approval for the project.
Byrom-Davey, Inc. is very proud to have built this facility on behalf of Cal Poly San Louis Obispo University and the Stakeholders involved.