Wooster School to upgrade to artificial turf athletic field

Wooster School Athletics is about to upgrade its facilities.

Sports competitions have been held on the natural grass surfaces of Tiedemann, Warner and Wilson Fields on the Danbury campus for as long as Wooster Sport has existed.

On May 26th, the school announced that a multi-purpose artificial turf pitch would be installed at the school for the fall.

Construction is slated to begin in June and is expected to be completed by September, the school said.

The school hopes the new field will bring them in line with neighboring and competing schools and allow more games and exercises not to be postponed or canceled due to rain.

“The most important thing is the weather, it (the turf field) will almost completely eliminate the effects of the weather when we have games or training,” Sporting Director Jeff Carone told WiNK, the Wooster School’s online student news publication. “We are much more likely to host NEPSAC tournaments for soccer and lacrosse.”

The new field is called Alice and Fernando Fernandes Field.

Alice and Fernando are the parents of Richard Fernandes, who, together with his wife Lori, gave a leadership gift to the construction of the field.

Richard Fernandes, a native of Danbury and a 1976 Wooster class member, was a multi-athlete and senior prefect at the Wooster School. After graduating, he earned his BSE in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard University before embarking on a successful career running companies in the online marketing sector. Fernandes has always been a strong supporter of the Wooster School and was also a member of the Board of Trustees, including as Chairman of the Board from 1998 to 2008.

The school released the following statement regarding the new area: “With this gift of a new area, the Fernandes family hopes to further strengthen Wooster’s commitment to providing quality health, wellness and exercise opportunities for all of his students. A field option that is not subject to weather conditions and provides a much more even playing surface will be of great benefit to the Wooster School’s fitness and exercise programs. The Wooster School is really grateful for this generosity and for Rick’s longstanding and deeply important commitment to his alma mater. “

The new field will be built on the current Warner Field site.

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