A brand-new multi-purpose stadium is now lighting up the Canterbury campus. In recognition of an anonymous philanthropic gift, the School has announced the naming of Hamilton Stadium, a newly constructed, multi-sport facility for Canterbury teams to compete, host night games, and schedule additional hours of practice and off-season conditioning. A dedication will take place in May to coincide with the final athletic contests of the spring season. The name Hamilton has special significance to the donor.
“We are deeply grateful for this strong show of support for our students, athletes, and the overall student experience,” Head of School Rachel Stone P ’23, ’24 said of the gift. “It is especially gratifying to know that the Hamilton name, so meaningful to this particular benefactor, will be forever associated with such an extraordinary facility and the momentum of our School.”
The centerpiece of the $4.15 million stadium project is the first-class, all-weather, all-season synthetic playing field lined for football, lacrosse, and soccer. In addition to the recently installed bleacher seating for 340 spectators, coaching boxes, and stadium lighting, a six/eight-lane track will be completed once the weather warms. The entire Canterbury community benefits from Hamilton Stadium—it is open to all for recreation and exercise and offers an outdoor venue to expand weekend activities and student life programming.
On April 2, Boys’ Varsity Lacrosse competed for the first time on the new home turf and celebrated a shutout victory against The King School. “The field has such an amazing view and great stands,” said team captain Matthew “Cullen” Mulhern ’22, a four-year varsity midfielder who has committed to play lacrosse for Providence College in Rhode Island this fall. “What makes it exciting for players is that our peers can come watch us during the day or at night. Our game Saturday was an awesome team win!”
The first-ever game under the lights at Hamilton Stadium was held later that evening when the Girls’ Varsity Lacrosse team competed against The Hill School. While the Saints lost a hard-fought contest, it did not dampen the excitement for the student-athletes. “It was an amazing experience,” said Lindsey Grandolfo ’22, a team co-captain and defender who has played lacrosse during all four years at Canterbury. “Even though the outcome was not what we had hoped, it was such a thrill to have all our fans, family, and friends in the bleachers watching us as the lights lit up the whole field.”
Canterbury School offers 25 varsity-level sports and competes in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference. For the past five years, at least one-third of the School’s graduating class has gone on to play Division I, II, and III college athletics.
According to Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach Jim Stone P ’23, ’24, the facility is a major boost for Canterbury’s athletic program. “This project plays a powerful role in our ability to attract and retain student-athletes who want to maximize their ability to perform on our hilltop, to keep their skills sharp in and off season, and, for some, to further develop their potential for playing at the collegiate level,” he explained. “It is another example of our long-standing commitment to providing the best possible opportunities to our present and future Saints.”
Hamilton Stadium is Canterbury’s newest addition to its 150-acre campus and its second turf facility, located adjacent to the School’s existing synthetic field—Sheehy Field—that was built in 2013. To design and build the project, Canterbury partnered with SMRT Architects and Engineers of Andover, Massachusetts, and Burlington Construction Co. of Torrington, Connecticut.
“The stadium is truly going to impact the way our campus comes together,” added Lindsey, who will attend Cornell University after she leaves the hilltop. “It’s so versatile—you can take a run around the track, you can have a practice, you can hang out with your friends on the turf, or you can gather in a student section during games. We have a small community, but Hamilton Stadium helps emphasize the big support and incredible school spirit we have for each other.”