Campus News

Bowdoin To Build New Squash Courts

Story posted March 15, 1999

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College is planning to build new squash courts.
Construction on the $2.5 million project should begin in June, with the
courts ready for use by January of next year. The project was made
possible by a $1 million donation from an avid squash player.

The squash courts are needed because the rules for the college game have
changed to adhere to those of international "soft ball" style squash, which
requires different court dimensions than the American "hard ball" style
played previously.

Bowdoin's men's and women's squash teams were ranked among the top 10 in
the nation last year, and the new courts are needed to remain competitive
and maintain this high national standing, according to Jeff Ward, athletic
director at Bowdoin.

The plans for the new courts also helped to attract the new squash coach,
Satinder Bajwa, who is internationally renowned, Ward said.

"I think this is the cornerstone of the future development of the athletic
department," he said.

"Soft ball" squash is generally more appealing to people, Ward said, so the
change will likely encourage greater involvement from students and other
members of the Bowdoin community.

The new courts demonstrate Bowdoin's desire to have athletic facilities of
a quality commensurate with its academics, said Craig Bradley, dean of
student affairs.

"The construction of this first-rate squash facility reflects Bowdoin's
commitment to providing our student-athletes with the best opportunities in
terms of world-class coaching and facilities to learn and compete," he said.

Construction of the new courts marks the first step in plans to eventually
locate all College athletic facilities in the area near the Farley Field
House and Pickard Field, rather than having some facilities there and some
on the main campus.

"The needs of the athletic department really mesh well with the needs of
the college," Ward said.

The move will help the athletic department use the facilities more
efficiently and will free up space on campus for residential and academic
buildings.

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