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St. Bonaventure announces upgrade to McGraw-Jennings outdoor complex

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St. Bonaventure announced today that it will break ground this week on a $2 million renovation to its McGraw-Jennings Athletics fields complex.

The field that is home to the Bonnies’ men’s and women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams will be converted to an artificial playing surface manufactured by A-Turf of Cheektowaga, while lights will also be installed among other upgrades. 

Construction is scheduled to take approximately three months and is expected to be completed in time for the start of the Bonnies’ soccer seasons in August. While work is expected to begin this week, a groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 7, at 3 p.m. during Alumni Reunion.

The project was funded by a lead gift of $1 million from Tom (1980 Bona grad) and Michelle Marra.

St. Bonaventure Director of Athletics Steve Watson said in a release that this was the first phase. “The renovation of the softball field is necessary," he said, "and I am confident that many loyal Bonnies alumni and fans will help us make that a reality as well.”

This project will be the first major upgrade to St. Bonaventure’s outdoor facilities since the baseball field was converted to artificial turf in 2006, which also was funded by a gift from Tom Marra.

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Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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