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Mercer Island resident, family donate $1 million to Western Washington University

Mercer Island resident Scott Harrington and his family donated $1 million to Western Washington University to help build a new athletic field on campus.

The project will help fund a fully lighted and fenced artificial turf field, regulation size for soccer and will become the new home of Western's mens and women's soccer team.

“This field project is significant of course for Western, we’ve had a shortage of on-campus field space for some time, and our soccer teams have been playing off-campus for years,” said Lynda Goodrich, director of WWU Athletics. “It will also be a resource for the community. There are currently only two other all-weather turf fields in Bellingham – Orca Field and Civic Stadium – that are regulation-sized for soccer. We’re thrilled that we’ll be able to host other major sporting events at this first-class facility.”

Harrington, a 1998 graduate of Western, played on the men's soccer team.

“Western has played a significant role in my family’s lives over the years,” said Harrington. in a press release. “I’m thrilled that we are helping Western build a great new home for its soccer teams. Giving back in this way is truly an honor.”

The field will be formally named the Robert S. Harrington field, in honor of Scott's father.

The project is expected to cost an estimated $4.6 million, and will be paid for in part with the donation, as well as funding from the Student Recreation Center bond refinancing.

Construction is likely to begin in early 2013.

 

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