Medaille College is officially embarking on Phase 2 of the expansion of a joint sports facility in South Buffalo. Evolution Medal Sports Complex, located at 427 Elk Street, will lead to an increase in existing sports programs as well as the development of new programs.
The new Elk Street Phase 2 site is more than seven acres high, which gives the athletics department plenty of space for home fields for baseball and softball, extra softball diamonds, dugouts, hammocks, press boxes, planks and a playground. with lighting (for field hockey, football and lacrosse).
“This is an exciting development for current and future students,” says Dr. Kenneth Macour, president of Medaille College. “Apart from creating a modern home for even more of our sports teams, the wider space and community partnership will result in more learning experiences for students enrolled in our sports management and sports communication programs.”
List of new sports opportunities pre-existing proposals for Phase 1 which includes 100,000 square feet, a 2½-inch thick area and a 20,000-square-foot athletics administration building with state-of-the-art facilities with electricity and air conditioning. Phase 1 was completed in the summer of 2019.
The Phase 2 proposals strengthen Medaille’s commitment to the neighborhood and its sporting programs. The complex already houses Medaille Mavericks houses for men and women soccer players and women’s and girls ’lacrosse teams. With this new development, the college could add 18 other competitive teams to the NCAA Division III women’s field hockey team. Medaille will be the only college in West New York to offer field hockey as a sport. At the same time, the WNY community has also provided numerous rental and recreational opportunities, making it the ideal partnership between Medaille and the host neighborhood. This is the same neighborhood where the latest developments are located Schoellkopf Electric House an event center with a restaurant bar and restaurant, two accommodations and corporate rooms for project developer Ontario Specialty Contracting (OSC) corporate offices.
Property developer John Williams (Buffalo Development LLC, a subsidiary of OSC Holdings), the owner of the property, is leading the expansion of the project at the Medaille Sports Complex.
“Our team is honored to partner with Medaille to bring the vision of the university to life and create a better environment for Western New York students,” says Williams, who has a sense of expanding partnerships with the general revival. from South Buffalo. “The development and expansion of high-end recreational facilities at the South Buffalo Revival Center opens the door to endless possibilities.”
Funding for the development was provided in part thanks to a $ 1 million Higher Education Grants (HECap) grant to Medaille in 2019.
Any member of the community or organization interested in renting opportunities at the Medaille Sports Complex can visit medaille.edu/rent to submit an application, or contact athletics director Susan Rarke Susan.M.Roarke@medaille.edu. Future college students who are interested in a wide range of Medaille’s educational and athletic programs can learn more and apply there medaille.edu/visit.
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