BOSTON – For the first time in Suffolk University Athletics history its outdoor varsity sports teams will call a place home thanks to a unique public-private partnership between the Rams and the City of Boston.
Under a 10-year agreement with Boston, Suffolk will invest to transform the city-owned East Boston Memorial Park to establish a permanent athletics facility. This comprehensive restoration will result in updated facilities that will benefit Boston’s Parks and Recreation Department, East Boston High School, as well as serve as the new home field location for Suffolk Athletics teams.
“We could not be more excited – the future home of the Rams’ baseball, men’s and women’s soccer and softball teams will be a first-class facility that will enhance the experience of our student-athletes and fans alike,” Director of Athletics Cary McConnell said. “I cannot begin to measure the significance of this partnership with the City of Boston that not only provides a home-field facility for our programs, but continues Suffolk’s long tradition of giving service to the wider community. We hope that this will provide opportunities for our student-athletes, as well as the Boston community, including our neighbors and the residents of East Boston.”
The renovation will include new electronic scoreboards, batting cages, storage lockers, fencing and more seating in a stadium at the park. Suffolk will purchase new training equipment for East Boston High School and award two scholarships each year to seniors. Additionally, scheduling of university events would not displace the high school and youth teams that currently use Memorial Park as Suffolk will play during set times in the fall and spring seasons.
Memorial Park is an urban recreational area and is part of the city’s 2,100-acre chain of parks and waterways that provides residents and visitors with clean, green, safe and accessible open space.
Since the inception of Suffolk Athletics its outdoors teams – baseball, soccer and softball – have packed their gear into vans and traveled across the city to a variety of fields where time and space became available. No longer will this timely tradition be a part of the student-athlete experience at Suffolk, instead it is hoped that Memorial Park not only have a significant impact on their development as athletes, but on their experience as Suffolk University students as a whole.
The Suffolk community looks forward to this partnership with the city and its enhancement to the university’s experience. The Rams will begin competition at Memorial Park this fall.