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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Brand-New Turf Field at SUNY Delhi

Written By Editor on 8/30/22 | 8/30/22

SUNY Delhi will hold a ribbon-cutting and naming ceremony for the brand-new athletic turf field on campus this Thursday ahead of the first athletic game of the season in which SUNY Delhi's men's soccer team will face Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The naming ceremony will take place at 3:45 p.m. on the turf field, next to the Bubble on upper campus. The turf field will be named after Neil Riddell '62, a SUNY Delhi alum and lead donor for the construction of the field.

A photo of the new turf field is attached.

The new all-sports turf field is a signature addition to SUNY Delhi Broncos NCAA Division III athletic facilities, becoming home to some of SUNY Delhi's most competitive teams, including women's soccer, men's soccer, and men's lacrosse. In addition to an athlete-friendly playing surface, the facility brings modern amenities such as sports lighting, clocks, and a sound system to the spectator and fan experience. The new turf field allows SUNY Delhi's accomplished student-athletes to train and compete at the highest level.

"This ceremony highlights what is possible when a person finds their purpose, follows their passion, and lives a life of integrity and service," says Dr. Mary Bonderoff. "This beautiful new field, made possible in large part by Neil Riddell's unwavering commitment to SUNY Delhi, will serve our student-athletes and campus for generations to come."

Mr. Riddell, a member of the SUNY Delhi Athletics Hall of Fame and former Vice President of the College Foundation at Delhi, Inc. Board of trustees, graduated from SUNY Delhi with a degree in business in 1962. Mr. Riddell served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper and spent his career running agricultural and real estate businesses throughout Central New York. Mr. Riddell supports and volunteers for many organizations "to pay it forward because people have helped me in my times of need." An avid sports enthusiast, he still officiates college soccer and high school soccer and basketball games at age 80.

For more information on the turf field and SUNY Delhi athletics, please visit or contact Athletic Director Bob Backus at 607-746-4677 or

For information on the College Foundation at Delhi and giving, please contact the VP for College Advancement Michael Sullivan at 607-746-4538 or

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