Brevard College officially opens new Frank Patton TrackDecember 12, 2014
BREVARD, N.C. – Flanked by dignitaries from Brevard College, Transylvania County Schools, and the City of Brevard, Frank and Donna Patton officially opened the new Frank Patton Track with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting on Friday afternoon.
The $180,000 on-campus track, located behind right field of baseball’s Gil Coan Field and near the softball facility, was made possible by a large donation by the Pattons, who were also the driving force behind this summer’s artificial turf installation at Brevard Memorial Stadium. The Frank Patton Track is unique because of its royal blue color and white lane markings that match the royal blue and white worn by Tornados sports teams.
Roughly 70 people attended Friday’s ceremony that included brief remarks from Director of Athletics Juan Mascaro, President David Joyce, and Brevard mayor Jimmy Harris. All three speakers emphasized the community engagement that the track’s installation will catalyze.
The facility will be utilized by public schools in Transylvania County as well as the college and community members. Plans are already in the works for Brevard High School and Brevard College to host track events for the first time in over a decade in 2015.
Ceremony attendees were invited to take a ceremonial first lap around the facility and were given lengths of ribbon as keepsakes from the event.
A crowd gathers for Friday's ribbon-cutting ceremony
Donors Frank and Donna Patton officially open the Frank Patton Track
Members of the Brevard College community take a ceremonial first lap around the new track
Frank and Donna Patton complete their ceremonial first lap
The Frank Patton Track's royal blue color makes the facility unique