After 147 years, student athletes at private college-preparatory school Rowland Hall finally played a true home game on Monday.
The Salt Lake City school built its own soccer fields as part of the first phase of a $75 million expansion that will eventually consolidate all of its students, pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, at one site.
Students have previously hosted home games on a leased soccer field at Sunnyside Park, near Rowland Hall’s elementary, which fronts 720 S. Guardsman Way.
The Winged Lions boys soccer team challenged South Summit Monday at the school’s first game at the new Richard R. Steiner Athletic Fields, 1401 East Sunnyside Avenue.
Steiner, an industrialist, died in 2005. The Steiner family donated $6.5 million for the purchase of the 13-acre vacant lot from Mount Olivet Cemetery, an acquisition that required an act of Congress.
The school broke ground in May on a the first phase of the expansion, which includes leveling the site, adding a storage building with restrooms, two synthetic turf playing fields, and a large grass playing field and community garden where middle and high schools will be built.
The school’s current middle and high school buildings are located about a mile away along 800 South. That property will be sold to help fund the new buildings.
The Salt Lake Tribune
Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.