Dominican Begins Construction on Athletics Field Complex

Construction of a new multi-purpose, synthetic-turf field and athletics complex with six new tennis courts is underway at Dominican University of California, Athletics Director Terry Tumey has announced.

Field MapThe first building phase of the complex — to be called John F. Allen Athletics Complex and Kennelly Field – will be completed by the end of the year, pending possible weather and/or construction delays. In addition, six newly constructed outdoor tennis courts are to become the Castellucci Family Tennis Center.

Final plans for the complex were approved August 17 by the San Rafael Planning Commission.

“The new athletics field/complex with tennis courts will meet the challenge of higher competition at the NCAA Division II level plus continue Dominican’s effort to make top-caliber facilities available to the community at-large,” Tumey said. “This is an extremely exciting and vital development at Dominican. Currently three of Dominican’s teams practice and compete off campus because of lack of field availability. This athletics complex will put Dominican on par with NCAA competitors.”

The new athletics field complex, funded through private donations, is located approximately 50 yards southwest of the existing athletics field at Forest Meadows.  Dominican’s men’s and women’s soccer teams and its men’s lacrosse team will play home games on the new field. The field also will provide an athletics venue for San Rafael and Marin County.

“Dominican has a tradition of service,” said Dominican Trustee Emeritus John F. Allen. “This new and enhanced athletic complex will not only serve Dominican University’s athletes, but will allow us to develop programs to serve our community’s youth.”

The athletics field complex will provide the DU community with enhanced parking and a space for recreation and social events such as the annual neighbors’ picnic. It will include new bleachers, restrooms, a scoreboard and six tennis courts.

 “Dominican has been surging upward in quality and recognition on its way to join the top ranks of private universities in America,” Dominican Trustee Jerry Kennelly said. “As both the parent of a Dominican student and as a member of the Board of Trustees, I have personally witnessed this ascendancy over the past four years. Proper athletic facilities add immeasurably to quality of student life on campus.”

Pending weather and/or construction delays, courts in the new Castellucci Family Tennis Center are expected to be completed in time for the start of Dominican’s women’s tennis season in the spring of 2012.

“It is imperative that we provide for our student-athletes a state-of-the-art tennis facility so they can compete at the level of other universities in California and in the Pacific West Conference,” said Tony Castellucci , a Dominican Trustee.

Learn more about Dominican’s new athletics field complex, visit  or contact Tracy Stempel Hogan, Director of External Relations, at [email protected].

MEDIA CONTACT: Dave Albee, Associate Director of Public Relations, 415-257-1308, [email protected].