Twelve years ago, St. Rita was the first Chicago-area school – public or private - to install an on-campus synthetic sports field. During that time, Pat Cronin Field at Doyle Stadium has played host to thousands of events, from St. Rita football, soccer and lacrosse games to grade school football jamborees to Chicago Police and Fire football games to neighborhood sporting events, not to mention daily practices, gym classes and alumni softball tournaments.
Needless to say, the field has taken quite a pounding over the years. “The issue with being the first school to install synthetic turf is you’re now the first school with the need to replace it,” said St. Rita Director of Institutional Advancement John O’Neill, ‘79. St. Rita is proud to announce that beginning in July, 2014, the surface of Pat Cronin Field at Doyle Stadium will be replaced with an artificial surface from AstroTurf, using their state-of-the-art GameDay Grass 3D technology. This technology is rapidly being installed in high school, college and professional football and baseball stadiums around the country and will be in place when the Mustangs begin their 2014 home campaign hosting class 5A runner-up Montini High School on Friday, September 12th.
“Our student-athletes and our neighbors and guests who use Doyle Stadium deserve the best surface on which to prepare and play their games,” said St. Rita President Ernie Mrozek, ’71. “Now, thanks to the incredibly loyal support of our alumni, they will have the best in the entire area. The new surface represents the latest in a series of significant investments we have recently made to further enhance the state-of-the-art facilities on our beautiful campus.”