Work underway on sports complex

New athletics complex at Youngstown State University. Work underway for new soccer and softball fields.

Pictured is the site of a new sports complex viewed from the DeBartolo Stadium Club atop Stambaugh Stadium, with the soccer field/track to the right and the softball field to the left behind McDonalds.

Site preparation is underway on a new sports complex in a once-blighted 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.

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, the project 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 will also utilize the complex. In addition, the university anticipates that community groups will use the facilities for tournaments and other events.

The $4.3 million complex, funded through university bonds and private donations, should be complete by next summer.