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Early work begins on $4.3M YSU sports facility

Published: Mon, November 19, 2012 @ 12:06 a.m.


The site of a new YSU sports complex viewed from the DeBartolo Stadium Club atop Stambaugh Stadium with the soccer field/track to the right and softball field to the left.

Staff report


Site preparation has begun on a new $4.3 million sports complex in a once-blighted North Side neighborhood across from Stambaugh Stadium.

“This complex will not only serve thousands of students participating in athletics, intramurals and club sports, it also will greatly enhance the appearance of a major gateway to the campus,” said Gene Grilli, vice president for administration and finance at Youngstown State University.

The project, first conceived about five years ago, includes a new soccer field surrounded by an eight-lane all-weather track, as well as a softball field.

In addition, it includes lighting for the fields, stands, restrooms, walkways and fencing.

The women’s soccer team, which currently plays at Stambaugh Stadium, and the women’s softball team, which currently plays in Canfield, will use the new fields.

Students participating in university intramural and club sports also will use the complex. In addition, the university anticipates that community groups will use the facilities for tournaments and other events.

The complex, funded through university bonds and private donations, should be complete by next summer.


1chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Yet the administration and the Board of Trustees seem unconcerned about the student loan bubble and escalating employees costs.

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2sue(172 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

That area of the campus was a major eyesore. This will be a nice addition to YSU.

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3Diebold2000(38 comments)posted 1 year, 11 months ago

Amazing how some will find negative in anything. This is great for Y-town. Currently this puts some construction workers to work in the usual slow period; an open vacant lot will be transformed into something; YSU athletes and fans will not have to travel to Canfield; YSU the biggest employer in the county is growing; private funds are used; hmmmmm let's find something to bitch about I just need to keep looking! Meanwhile congrats to the YSU staff as you continue to make the school a great asset for the area!

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