Thanks to a gift from Gary T. Crum ’69 and Sylvie P. Crum, a wide range of SMU club sports teams now have a new home field. The new Crum Lacrosse and Sports Field opened for use January 19 and was formally dedicated on February 24.

The SMU Women’s Lacrosse team played a match against Baylor at the new Crum Lacrosse and Sports Field on January 30, 2016.

The SMU Women’s Lacrosse team played a match against Baylor at the new Crum Lacrosse and Sports Field on January 30, 2016.

Gary and Sylvie Crum’s support reflects their family’s longtime love for lacrosse. The couple’s three children – Ashley ’03, Christopher ’05 and Clayton – each played lacrosse in their youth as their sport of choice, with Christopher playing on the SMU club team while an undergraduate. Sylvie Crum is a current board member of the US Lacrosse Foundation.

“The new multipurpose sports field will help promote and support a healthy lifestyle for our students who are involved in club sports,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “The generosity of Gary and Sylvie Crum is a product of their passion for athletics, particularly lacrosse. We are grateful that they are giving more students an opportunity to enjoy sports competition as part of student life at SMU.”

Located along Bush Avenue, south of the George W. Bush Presidential Center, the Crum Lacrosse and Sports Field provides space for practice and games for club teams, including men’s and women’s lacrosse, which will have priority use of the field. SMU’s soccer, baseball and rugby teams will also use the field.

The facility consists of a synthetic turf field with 6,945 square feet of space, a field house, six tennis courts and additional parking for Park Cities Plaza. The field house includes locker rooms, a concessions area and covered bleachers.