Suffolk Athletics Seeking Home Fields in East Boston
Suffolk University is currently in discussions with the Parks and Recreation department of city hall, hoping to secure a partnership that would allow SU Athletics to call sporting facilities in East Boston “home.”
The objective of this potential partnership is to provide home fields for Suffolk’s men’s and women’s soccer, softball, and baseball teams. However, the discussion is still in its early stages, with no specific timetable set.
“We don’t yet have a partnership in place with the city of Boston,” said John Nucci, Suffolk’s Vice President of External Affairs, “It’s something that’s been under discussion for several months.”
If Suffolk were to utilize public fields in East Boston, the university would bring in certain amenities, such as a scoreboard, bleachers, and batting cages, improving the facilities for the entire Boston community.
Paige Kawai, a freshman on Suffolk’s softball team, said their current field in the North End has “minimal” bleachers, no batting cages, and only a small, portable scoreboard. New purchases for the East Boston field would thus improve Suffolk’s athletic situation as well as the public’s.
“We’re trying to sort out the details. Hopefully we can reach an agreement, and if we do, it could be very positive, not only for the university, but for the East Boston community,” said Nucci.
Suffolk University currently rents facilities in Somerville, Quincy, Charlestown, Cambridge, and the North End to provide space for games and practices.
“We do not own any of the facilities,” said Cary McConnell, Suffolk’s Athletic Director, “In addition, for scheduling purposes at these facilities we are not a top priority user.”
Many of these sporting facilities are also not accessible by public transportation. If Suffolk were to secure a partnership with the city of Boston, the public fields of East Boston would provide easier access to game and practice space for the soccer, softball, and baseball teams, while still remaining open to public use.
“The thought with East Boston is for Suffolk Athletics to finally have a place to call ‘home,” said McConnell.
Stay tuned to the Voice for more coverage on this developing story.