The first renovation as part of Juniata’s 20-year Master Plan was completed this summer, as field turf was installed at Knox Stadium. The Eagles’ current football and field hockey teams are fortunate to share this new playing surface. Juniata students discuss the pros and cons of making such an expensive purchase.
Katie McDonald ’14, State College, Pa.:
I think it was good because it allows the sports that play there to compete in poor weather without rescheduling or canceling games. Also, a better field helps player safety, so athletes won’t have to worry about turning an ankle because of a bad field.
Justin Wright ’14, Montclair, N.J.:
I agree that the football team needed a new field, but I don’t agree with how much they spent on it. It’s like buying a new pair of (Nike) Jordan’s when a much cheaper pair of sneakers would suffice.
Chandler Steffen ’16, Lewisberry, Pa.:
I’m happy with the decision because it gives Juniata’s football program a more professional status as well as improves the appearance of our campus as a whole.
Hannah Breen ’13, Somerset, Pa.:
I think only time will tell if this was the right move. Hopefully it boosts the morale and school spirit and support for the football team. If that’s not the case, I think the money could have been used in other ways.
Jackie Swain ’14, Hampstead, Md.:
I think this was a good move because it preserves other fields for safe practice, since Juniata doesn’t have room for alternative practice fields. Honestly, the money could have been spent on other things on campus in terms of academics and dorms. I liked that Juniata wasn’t just about sports, but they seem to be focusing more on them.
-Seth Ruggiero ’14 Juniata Online Journalist