Join Us on Oct. 14 to Dedicate Maguire Field
PC's new stadium field will be dedicated and named Maguire Field during a halftime celebration on Friday, Oct. 14, when Penn Charter hosts Haverford for the first Inter-Ac game of the season. The league opener begins at 3:15 p.m., and the halftime dedication could take place as early as 4 p.m.
James Maguire and his sons Chris OPC '84 and Tim OPC '85 (shown here) made a $1.5 million gift to Penn Charter to fund the new, first-rate synthetic field.
Please join Head of School Darryl J. Ford to honor the Maguire family and cheer on the Quakers on Oct. 14. The celebration of Maguire Field will include, in addition to the halftime dedication, music, food, games and entertainment for the entire family.
Maguire Field advances Penn Charter's Strategic Vision to develop space and facilities that support excellence in every aspect of the Penn Charter program. The field is the latest generation of synthetic fields, providing a dense carpet on top of a pad and filled with sterile – not reused – rubber. Its surface is soft and uniform, and also impervious to the weather.
"It's a venue that can be used over and over again, far more so than a grass field," said John Thiel, director of athletics and athletic planning. Given that Penn Charter offers 28 sports and a majority require field space, PC can't afford the time to let a field rest. "A synthetic field gives us a playing field equal to the best grass field and gives us access to it 365 days a year."
In the 12 months since the field was completed in October 2015, student athletes have used the field for football, lacrosse and soccer – and even some baseball and softball practices.
On 47 acres, Penn Charter now offers its players and fans:
- two synthetic playing fields, five grass playing fields, one all-weather, eight-lane track, seven tennis courts, 10 squash courts, four basketball courts, and one swimming pool.
- PC has four buildings designated for athletics: Graham Athletics Center — with the new Blaine A. Steinberg OPC '11 Center for Fitness and Performance — Kline & Specter Squash Center, Ray Dooney Field House — with new basketball courts — and the Old Gym, which has been renovated to once again house the wrestling program.
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