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A Winter Training Home for Penn Athletics to Rise in Penn Park
July 13, 2010, Volume 57, No. 01

Penn Park, which is scheduled for completion in mid-fall of 2011, will feature Dunning-Cohen Champions’ Field and Air Structure as its centerpiece.  The Champions’ Field will include a seasonal dome-like air structure covering a synthetic turf field the size of a women’s lacrosse field, the largest field of all sports sanctioned by the NCAA. Its size will make it suitable for all outdoor athletic teams, including soccer, football, baseball and even golf, to practice comfortably in the winter months.

The “bubble,” which will be located adjacent to the softball stadium, can be taken down and stored during the spring and summer in the interest of maintenance, efficiency and aesthetics.  

The field and air structure—a fabric dome supported by air and tethered to a metal frame— will be named for it’s two donors, James Cohen and James Dunning, Jr. 

James S. Cohen, W’80, made his gift in 2007 and has been on the Athletics Board of Overseers since October of 2009. His $3 million gift for the Dunning-Cohen Champions’ Field and Air Structure was given in honor of his late sister, Claudia Cohen, who graduated from Penn in 1972 and for whom Claudia Cohen Hall is named. Mr. Cohen has since donated an additional $2 million for Penn Park and the Palestra/ Hutchinson Gymnasium Renovations.

James Dunning, Jr., W’70, the co-chair of the Campaign for Penn Athletics, pledged $3.1 million toward the project in 2007. He was also the donor behind the James D. Dunning Coaches’ Center, which houses the coaching offices of Penn Rowing and 15 other intercollegiate sports programs. Mr. Dunning served on the Board of Trustees for ten years and remains a member of the Athletics Board of Overseers.

The Campaign for Penn Athletics has raised more than $85 million.

Champions Feild, Penn
Dunning-Cohen Champions’ Field and Air Structure will provide indoor practice space in the winter.


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Almanac - July 13, 2010, Volume 57, No. 01