Wilkes University broke out the bells and whistles when it dedicated Bruggeworth Field at the Ralston Athletic Complex. The event took place on Saturday, Oct. 5 during the University’s homecoming weekend.
The nearly $8 million project includes a multi-purpose turf field that will be used for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s lacrosse and women’s field hockey. It also includes a new turf baseball field, a scoreboard, press boxes and stadium lights for evening competition.
The project was made possible by a leadership gift from Bob Bruggeworth, class of 1983. Bruggeworth, who majored in electrical engineering at Wilkes, is president and chief executive officer of Qorvo, a global communications chip maker headquartered in Greensboro, N.C. During his time at Wilkes, he played on the men’s soccer team as goalkeeper. He was awarded an honorary doctorate of business during the University’s spring commencement on May 18. He is establishing Bruggeworth Field in honor of his mother.
As part of the new field, a bell was installed for winning Colonel athletic teams to ring as a celebration of a game or match win.