As part of its Homecoming and Family Day celebration, Columbia College recently hosted the official ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the newly refurbished R. Marvin Owens Field, or as Columbia College students have started calling it, “The Marv.” More than 250 people from the campus community, members of the board of trustees and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors were on hand as the state-of-the art facility was unveiled.

While you can certainly point to the college’s successful athletic programs as a reason for the project, it also was the result of the college’s administrative council addressing a need for a large recreational space.

Mallory Page

Mallory Page

“When I started looking at schools, one of the reasons I loved Columbia College was their dedication to their students,” noted Mallory Page, a senior biology student and member of the Columbia College women’s soccer team. “I think this field is a great example of how they provide high-quality facilities, equipment and education. Speaking for all of the athletes and the students, we are truly thankful for this facility and we are going to get a lot of use out of it in the years to come.”

The new field features the latest in artificial turf technology, allowing students, faculty and staff to have a recreational space that can be used year-round for intramurals and free play. The new field also contains a three-lane running track around the perimeter, giving joggers a chance to enjoy some fresh air as they run.

The facility also houses a concession area, ticket booth and varsity locker rooms for home and visiting teams. Undertaken by Reinhardt Construction and SOA Architects, the project was completed in mid-June and the Cougar Soccer teams are a combined 11-2 so far on the young season at home. Coincidence? We think not.