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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 3 years, 5 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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2ysupenguins_com(108 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

You just don't get it Chuck. The university is the only thing in this town. We are now short 3 crack house and one major eye sore. Worth every single penny being spent. Just keep expanding YSU. Belmont & 680 is about where we need you to stop.

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3sue(178 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

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

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4rumppy(119 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Finally, the most popular game in the world has a home. Maybe they can now recruit the type of quality players it takes to stay consistent and win on a national level which means, make the NCAA touranment year in and year out. If it was up to me, Strollo should have a mens program. This is a step in the right direction. Long overdue. In 1999 I remembered a gentlemen that brought a group of 16/17 year old soccer players to YSU. This team had won national tournaments and players have gone on to play at higher levels. They played YSU womens soccer team @ the Ice Castle. No one attended. What a shame. YSU is finally getting it. In order to compete, you must have facilties.

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5DSquared(1727 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

It's good to see that they have their priorities in the right order!!

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6ysupenguins_com(108 comments)posted 3 years, 5 months ago

Great comments Diebold. I would expect to still see a lot being done at McCune. It is a great place for tourney's ...and YSU really needs to start hosting an invitational. We can play multiple games simultaneously. In fact McCune has hosted the MAC tourney, and also the Horizon Tourney on years where YSU was not the host.

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