Rivier begins work on $5 million sport facilities project

New athletic pavilion, Raider Field improvements planned
Shown at the groundbreaking for Rivier University’s $5 million athletics facilities project are|!!| from left: Joanne Merrill|!!| athletics director; Sister Paula Marie Buley|!!| Rivier’s president; Dianne Mercier|!!| chair of the board of trustees; Megan Hamel ‘19|!!| women’s soccer captain; Collin Deyarmin ‘20|!!| men’s soccer captain; and Kurt Stimeling|!!| vice president for student affairs

Rivier University officials held an official groundbreaking Oct. 10 to mark start of work on a $5 million sports facilities upgrade, including construction of a new athletic pavilion and upgrades to Raider Field.

The athletics pavilion will feature stadium seating, team rooms and conference space for pre- and post-game gatherings, a training room, locker rooms and a press box with an enhanced sound system. A renovation of Raider Diamond will add seating, a press box, team dugouts and field lighting for nighttime play.

Hutter Construction of New Ipswich is general contractor on the project.

“This is an exceptional day for Rivier and Raider athletics,” said Sister Paula Marie Buley, president of the university. “The new facilities will contribute to the growth of the university and transform the student experience in many ways, ultimately raising Rivier’s level of play in athletic competition, recruitment, and community engagement.” 

The project comes at a time when Rivier launches a sports management bachelor’s program within the division of business. 

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