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University of Penn - New Track at Franklin Field

New Track Unveiled at Franklin Field

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PHILADELPHIA -- The University of Pennsylvania and the Penn Relays unveiled a new-look track at Franklin Field on October 8, giving the media and fans a chance to see the new surface which will be home to the annual Penn Relay Carnival.

In the works since 2008, the project to renovate and resurface Franklin Field's track began in May, and was completed in the middle of September. At a cost of nearly $3 million, generous contributions from Elliot (C'72, WG'75) and Gail (CW'73, WG'75) Rodgers and their family, the Friends of the Penn Relays, Penn's track and field alumni, and many other donors allowed venerable Franklin Field to shine bright with a brand-new track, elite-level jumping lanes, and a beautiful plaza for fans and athletes to gather.

Changes to the track include:

  • Moving of the steeplechase pit to the NW corner (Turn 1) inside of track; previously NE corner (Turn 4) outside of track
  • Creation of a nine-lane track, with the moving of the steeple pit allowing six lanes outside the inner three lanes
  • NCAA-certified stripping plan that allows for better practice and competition venue during changes in weather conditions
  • Jump and pole vault runways improved for better meet management
  • A blue track surface color was chosen to accent jump areas and the track itself

Many thanks are owed to Advanced Polymer Technology/Rekortan (the company whose sport surface was used), ATT Sports (the group which installed the track during the summer), the Marino Corporation (which provided the construction management during the renovation), AAE (the official supplier of equipment for Penn's track and field team) and SprinTurf (which provided assistance as needed in the maintenance of the football field during the renovations).