Boardman boosters plan new sports complex

Staff report


The Boardman Booster Club will announce plans today for a campaign to construct a new regional sports complex in the township. The club’s Legend & Legacies Committee is leading the campaign, which seeks to raise private donations for the complex.

Carlee Tressel and Dave Dravecky are serving as honorary chairwoman and chairman of the committee.

Boardman alumnus Dravecky is a motivational speaker, author, and former Major League Baseball player for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants, while Tressel’s father, Jim, previously coached football at Youngstown State and Ohio State universities.

The announcement will be made at 2:30 p.m. today at the Boardman High School gym.

Those expected to be present at the announcement include Tressel; Bill Bonte, Boardman Boosters president; coaches; athletes; band members; students and community officials.

The sports complex would seat 5,900 people and be available for football, soccer, track, baseball, softball, band, gym and special school and community events as well as regional tournaments, according to a news release.

With the regional aspect of the sports complex in mind, the committee is reaching out to other schools that wish to participate in the funding process and could then share official home-field status at the complex.

“Through the magic of digital signage, the facility can be the real home field for any school,” Bonte said in a news release.

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