WWU Turf Field & Track Review
Written by: Bradley Stanchfield
Located on the water in the upper left corner of the upper left state, Western Washington University (or Western) is arguably the heart of the city of Bellingham. With over 15,300 students Western holds a premier level of athletics and sports. Western competes with 13 NCAA teams, 23 club teams, and with an array of intramural sports for student vs student games.
Being an incoming freshmen at Western the fall of 2015 I was new to the campus and like most I had little idea of where anything was located. Soon I found myself getting out of shape and already gaining the notorious freshmen 15 pounds. I needed a place where I could workout and play the sports I love while getting some fresh air. I came across the WWU Rec Center Turf Field and Track the place that would meet all my needs.
On the South side of Western’s campus located next to the Wade King Student Rec Center, the turf field and track is a sports and fitness hub for
students at nearly any time of day. Equipped with two restrooms, three water fountains, and a six lane track ring this field accommodates the needs of nearly anyone trying to play a sport with friends or workout. The field is surrounded by a fence and has two entrances one on each side. There is a concrete bunker in the corner by the rec center that has the two restrooms and also doubles as storage for some of the intramural teams that use the field. In the opposing corner is another small building that is storage for the NCAA track and field team.
While I find myself using the field to play soccer or run on the track, the main reason I use the field is to practice with Western’s MCLA division 2 club lacrosse team. On average, I will spend 8–10 hours a week on the field playing lacrosse with my team and by myself. While I become more and more familiar with the field I have grown to really like it compared to the fields I used to play lacrosse on for my high school. Features like the fence line and bathrooms are things that I used to not have access to and I have to say they come in handy more than you think. Even though we still do lose lacrosse balls nearly every time we practice we lose a significantly less amount than my high school team would just because the fence keeps the majority of them on the field.
Along with the men and women’s lacrosse teams, women’s ultimate frisbee, flag football, and varsity track and field are just some of the groups that reserve the field on a weekly basis. There is also many parts of the day where the field is open for recreation use and anyone can walk on and use it. This field is so multi-purposeful it’s almost impossible to keep track of what happens on it in just one day. Similar to a park with a open field, the space is so versatile it has endless possibilities of what you can do at it. From kicking a soccer ball around with friends, to setting a new personal record on your mile time, to even beating your rivals Western Oregon University 13–12 in a home lacrosse game this field like many has the ability to meet the purposes of thousands of different people.