Capital Projects

Indoor trackUNH athletic facilities are not only utilized by our student-athletes and the University community, but are shared and enjoyed by fans, visitors, facility users, and the general public. The support of loyal and generous donors through key capital projects has been critical in upgrading and enhancing many of our athletic facilities.

Reggie F. Atkins Track and Field Facility

Named in honor of Coach Sweet’s top quarter miler Reggie “Racetrack” the Atkins, the Reggie F. Atkins outdoor track and field facility was made possible through generosity of private donations. The largest coming from the late Reggie Atkins estate, the former student-athlete of the 1920’s contributed $750,000 to UNH which enabled this $2.3 million project to become a reality. The track includes a 400 meter synthetic surface track with eight 42-inch wide lanes, as well as multi direction runways for pole vault, long jump and triple jump. The outdoor facility also comes equipped with a 3,000 meter steeplechase pit, space for throwing events, a timing system, and public address system and telecommunications wiring.

Jerry Azumah Performance Center

Located in the Field House, the Jerry Azumah Performance Center became accessible to UNH student-athletes in the summer of 2003. The generous support of Jerry Azumah ’99 enabled the Athletic Department to renovate the existing strength and condition center to a top notch facility, providing access to over 500 student-athletes. The Performance Center now includes over 5,000 pounds of Olympics weights, 7,000 pounds of dumbbells, 14 Power-lift platforms, 12 Hammer strength machines and an additional 15,000 pounds of free weights. At 25 years old Azumah became the younger UNH alumni to give a gift of over $100,000 when he funded the Jerry Azumah Performance Center. 

Azumah graduated from UNH in 1999 after smashing a handful of NCAA Division I-AA career records and receiving the Walter Payton Award (top football player in Div. I-AA) in 1998 for his performance as the nation’s top offensive player. Joining the NFL in 1999 as a fifth round Draft pick, Azumah signed as a cornerback for the Chicago Bears, and went on to make the NFL Pro Bowl. He continues to hold numerous records at UNH, including rushing touchdowns (60), and touchdowns overall (69), not to mention Division I-AA records for rushing yards (6,193), and all purpose yards (8,376). Azumah retired from the NFL in 2006, but continues to keep in touch with his alma mater and is always looking for ways to help.

Cowell Stadium

Replacing Memorial Field as the home of Wildcat football, Cowell Stadium opened its gates on October 10, 1936 with a game against fierce rival Maine. Originally Known as Alumni Field, it was later renamed Cowell Stadium, in 1952 in honor of former football coach and athletic director William H. “Butch” Cowell. The field itself was renamed Mooradian Field in 1994 to honor Andrew T. Mooradian, a longtime UNH professor and athletic director. In the summer of 2007 the surface at Cowell Stadium (also known as Mooradian Field) was replaced with a $1 million synthetic FieldTurf field with a generous donation by Edward A. Fish ’58. This state of the art field surface provides our football team and other field sports with the ability to play all year round despite the weather, as the surface can be plowed and playing can occur even in inclement weather, without the risk of damaging the field. Ed Fish was inducted (posthumously) into the Class of 2010 Athletics Hall of Fame, for his loyal service and philanthropy at UNH. Fish participated as a member of the football and hockey teams and was a proud member of the UNH community.

Paul Sweet Oval

The renovation of the indoor track and field complex began in the summer of 2008 with the generosity of over 125 alumni and friends who so graciously contributed a total of $266,000. Located within the Field House, the Paul Sweet Oval was dedicated to Coach Sweet who took the first position as the men’s track and field/cross country coach in 1924. In his 46 year career at UNH Coach Sweet placed an emphasis on the development of individuals, not only athletically but academically as well.  This philosophy is still a strong part of the track and field and cross country programs today. Completed on November 13, 2008, the renovation project included the replacement of the old surface with a new rubber polymer track called Mondo (the same surface  that is used in Olympic stadiums today), energy efficient windows (opening up old window spaces that had been closed for decades), lighting fixtures, painting of the walls and a UNH Wildcat mural.  In following Coach Sweet’s philosophy of developing well-rounded student-athletes these renovations have made  a significant difference for many student-athletes on many of our athletic teams who condition and train in the facility.  The new space has also made a great impact on the greater UNH community and external groups.

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