Changes planned for Tullio Field

The changes to Mercyhurst University’s campus are branching out to the Louis J. Tullio Field.

The athletic department will be improving the football field by turning the hill at the end of the field into a pavilion.

The athletic department decided to enhance the football field to create a better experience for students, athletes and fans.

The project is currently in the design process, and those involved are working with engineers and architects to work out complications associated with drainage and ground water.

The design includes four sections of bleachers, picnic tables, grills and a sound system.

Director of Athletic Fundraising John Melody said, “This will really enhance the gameday experience.”

According to Melody, the pavilion will be something everyone can take advantage of all the time, even when games are not taking place.

The project will be executed in hopes to create other opportunities for students as well. There have been talks of using the field for concerts and the new pavilion for general use.

Building the pavilion is a $200,000 project, which the university is matching dollar-for-dollar. If the Mercyhurst Athletic department can raise $100,000, then the school will cover the rest.

Those who donate to the project can also get their name on part of the pavilion.

“We’ve had a fantastic start,” said Melody. “Alumni have been generous, and many are excited.”

The design process is planned to be finished in the spring. The expected date to break ground is June 1.

The pavilion will be finished in August before the first home football game.

Students seem to show mixed thoughts on this project.

“It’s a waste of money,” said junior Samantha Cross. “There are so many other things they could spend money on academically and to fix up the buildings in the school.”

Senior Sarah Reedy did not agree with Cross and expressed much excitement about the project.

“It will be a great area for community building,” said Reedy. “I’m just disappointed I won’t be here to see it.”

Donations to the project can be made at or to make a pledge, contact Melody at 814-824-2902 or