Construction of three new state-of-the-art athletic fields for Colby’s student-athletes begins this week as workers prepare the sites near the Harold Alfond Athletic Center on the northern side of Colby’s Mayflower Hill campus.

The field work is the first phase in the development of planned new athletics complex. To accommodate this new center, three fields will be relocated to the north and east of the current athletic center. They will include a lighted artificial turf field, a competition grass field, and an oversized natural grass practice field. Most of the work is scheduled to be complete by next fall, with an extension of the practice field slated to be done later.

Little traffic disruption is expected in this early phase of work, according to Mina Amundsen, Colby’s associate vice president for campus facilities and planning. People will notice construction fences and equipment in the area as work gets underway.

No disruption of athletics practices or competitions is expected.