Imagine a football team with no home field for 25 years?
Well that was the case for the Allston Brighton Bengals until Simmons College stepped in five years ago and pledged the money and resources to revitalize the field for their students’ sports as well as the Allston Brighton team. Earlier this Fall Simmons College celebrated the grand opening of Daly Field — the new home of the Simmons field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball and tennis teams.
Daly Field will also serve the diverse athletic and recreational needs of the Allston-Brighton community. And as such on September 9, Brighton's football team, The Brighton Bengals, hosted their first home game in over 25 years.
In his welcoming remarks, Simmons’ partner Dan Cuddy, Senior Career Specialist with the Boston Private Industry Council and community activist, explained what this state-of-the-art field means to the Allston-Brighton community.
“What a historic night for Brighton High and our entire community! For the first time in over 25 years, our football players are hosting a home game, and it feels great. And look at our home field! This is state-of-the-art, the finest in New England! Simmons committed tremendous resources to Daly Field – including all the necessary funding. Simmons also devoted extraordinary amounts of time, expertise and leadership to make Daly usable again as our home field. We would not be here tonight without Simmons,’ he added.
Celebrating partnerships that benefit communities
Before cutting the ribbon at Daly Field, President Helen Drinan shared her thoughts on the opening of Daly Field:
“We are so proud of this amazing facility. For those of you who had a chance to see what this site looked like before Simmons College and the Friends of Daly Field stepped in, you can fully appreciate the magnitude of the transformation. And transformation is an excellent word to use when considering Daly Field. We have transformed a worn out, derelict, neglected field, unfit for play, into what you see today: A modern, environmentally sound athletics complex that will serve Simmons student-athletes, Brighton High School student-athletes, the Allston-Brighton Little League, the neighborhoods of Boston, Newton, Watertown and the general public for the next 30 years. It is truly a wonderful gift we give to the people of Massachusetts,” she added.
Tremendous amenities for students and the community
The Daly Field complex boasts wonderful new transformative amenities for the college’s athletes and the community:
From President Drinan: “Daly Field also enables our young women to serve as role models for the young people of Brighton High School. As our student-athletes display skill, teamwork, and leadership, they will inspire other young women to be the best they can be – on and off the field of play.”