is one of the few clubs in the Union to own its Rugby pitch.
This was made possible by the tireless effort and generous
contributions of the Old
(Click on map to link to
From I-77, take the V. Odem
Blvd. exit. Head west on V. Odem Blvd. Pass Primo's
Deli on the right and bear to the right. V. Odem Blvd. turns
into Wadsworth Road after you pass Collier Road. After you
pass Warren Avenue, the enterance to the Akron RFC Pitch is located on
the right hand side immediately past Carter Lumber (1763 Wadsworth
Road) and beneath the billboard
History of the Pitch
The field land was discovered in 1994. It had been a nursery at one
time, but at that time we found the land, it was covered with large
piles of fill dirt, concrete and asphalt. After some negotiations with
the owner, the land was purchased for a reasonable price that
included some bulldozing work.
There were several years of tree cutting, and additional bulldozing
work done to get a field area made. Finally, a heavy equipment
operator's school came in and used the field as a training area and
basically did all of the final heavy grading work for the cost of the
fuel. There were many field work days spent picking up rocks, raking,
fixing culverts, and preparing the grounds until it was finally seeded
The first several field mowings consisted of about twelve guys using
push mowers for hours. The field markers were laid out and goal posts
installed and the first game was played in the fall of 1999.
The back entrance on the railroad land was aquired in 2004.
Clearing the railroad land was another several work days.
We need your help. A 2.5 parcel of land adjoining our rugby grounds has
come available for sale. With guidance from Ed Muse, we negotiated a
sales agreement to purchase the land for $28,000. This is an
opportunity we must take advantage of but are lacking funding to do so.
Currently, GARF’s balance is $4,800. We can complete the deal
through loans being offered by Fred Warmbrodt and Homeless but that
mortgages our future. Recently the Foundation for Akron Rugby, GARF
(Greater Akron Area Foundation) was able to build a new pavilion on our
property thanks to donations from the Bisconti family/friends, a few
Old Boys who made significant contributions, and labor supplied by Abe
Brunner with help from Fred Warmbrodt, Don Kline, John Cetnarowski, Rob
Annen, Randy Humbert and others who contributed time and skill. The
results are impressive.
This is a tremendous opportunity that can help
us to take rugby in the area to the next level. Having the land will
enable us to host tournaments, have an available practice field, and
better support high school rugby our feeder system. We are looking for
any donations you can provide but need them by mid-October to close the
deal. Several Old Boys have already pledged $500 or $1,000 but we need
much more. Remember, your donations are tax deductible.
$500 or greater will have their names engraved on the memorial stone
located adjacent to the rugby pitch.
If you have questions email me at
Donations can be mail to the following address:
Greater Akron Rugby Foundation
811 N Medina Line Road
Akron, OH 44333
Thanks for your continuing support of rugby in Akron.
President, Greater Akron Rugby Foundation