Valhalla and Richards Field House
Excitement. Achievement. Involvement. Opportunity. The Valhalla stadium and Richards field house project targeted all four for Berry students and the greater Berry community – and all have been on full display in the year since the stadium opened to tremendous fanfare with the first-ever football game played on the Williams Field turf, a 2015 overtime thriller won by Berry before a standing-room only crowd of 4,500 students, alumni, faculty/staff members and friends.
“I just want to say thank you. I know a lot of people put a lot of hard work and a lot of thought into it.”
|Bernard Granville Jr.
Berry football player
The new stadium for football, lacrosse, and track and field is part of a dual endeavor that also includes the completed renovation of Roy Richards Memorial Gymnasium as a field house.
The stadium and field house support the addition of intercollegiate football at Berry, a program that has exceeded every expectation for attendance, excitement and the generation of school during its four seasons of existence. The new sport triggered the beat of the energizing
Viking Drumline and is helping to balance the male/female ratio of Berry’s student population. It is also providing wonderful opportunities for parents and alumni to participate in the life of the college – not to mention a formidable home-field advantage for the football team, which has posted a sparkling 9-1 record in its first two seasons at the facility.
But it isn’t all about football. The eight-lane synthetic running surface, Clark Track, and associated throws venue, Dickey Field, expanded opportunities in intercollegiate athletics by making possible the spring 2016 resumption of full competition in track and field for Berry’s student-athletes. Men's and women's lacrosse also have a home in the new facility.
The renovated Richards Gymnasium features a training/weight room for all students, new dance-lab floor, refinished gym floor, and locker rooms and office space for football, lacrosse and tennis. All totaled, the Valhalla/Richards project offers something for just about everyone associated with Berry.