Representatives from Laurier’s senior leadership, the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Association (WLUAA), the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union and Graduate Students’ Association gathered in April for a groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of renovations to the heart of Laurier’s Waterloo campus, Alumni Field.
Renovations to Alumni Field are made being made possible thanks to principal gifts from the Students’ Union and the Graduate Students’ Association of up to $1.25 million, and an $800,000 pledge from the WLUAA.
“The university would like to thank the Students’ Union, the Graduate Students’ Association and WLUAA for their significant, lead contributions that have helped to kick start the fundraising campaign for the rehabilitation of Alumni Field,” said Ivan Joseph, Laurier’s vice-president of Student Affairs. “Alumni Field plays an important role in the recreational programming needs on our Waterloo campus as well as in the proactive mental health and well-being supports for our student community.”
– Ryan Smith
The enhancements to Alumni Field will increase the footprint of the largest greenspace on Laurier’s Waterloo campus. The new field will be FIFA-regulation size, making it more suitable for soccer, rugby and lacrosse. Other enhancements to the Alumni Field footprint include stands, a video scoreboard and a press box.
“Alumni Field is the heart of Laurier’s Waterloo campus and the alumni association is proud to be supporting its renovation,” said Ryan Smith, president of WLUAA. “I know of life-long friendships that have been formed on the field. And today's Laurier students need this space to come together, get active with each other and build community, too.”
The renovations are expected to be complete in this fall. Read more about the renovation of Alumni Field.