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Pace Breaks Ground On New Athletic Facilities On Pleasantville Campus

Bill Link, director of physical plant; Mark Brown, athletics director; T.J. McDonald, Pace baseball alum; Fred Calaicone, former Pace head baseball coach; Stephen J. Friedman, president; Bill McGrath, senior VP and COO for Westchester campuses. Photo Credit: Contributed
Renderings of new Pace University athletic center. Photo Credit: Contributed

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y -- Pace University broke ground on a new athletics complex that will modernize and upgrade athletic facilities on its Pleasantville campus on Thursday, Oct. 9.

The $13.5 million project, which is part of the Pace Master Plan for the Pleasantville campus, includes construction of a new athletics field house, a new softball field and renovations to Peter X. Finnerty Field as well as a new multi-purpose field.

Local officials joined with Pace faculty, students, athletes, staff and alumni for a groundbreaking ceremony held on Pace Field on the Pleasantville campus. 

“This investment by our University documents, not only the support for our 400 or so student-athletes but dedication to the entire Pleasantville campus community. This project will revolutionize how we operate as a department by providing excellent facilities for our student-athletes and the student body as a whole” said Director of Athletics Mark Brown.

The new 14,000-square-foot field house will include a strength center for student-athletes, locker rooms for the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams, a football locker room, athletic training room, coaches’ offices, equipment room and VIP room.

The multi-purpose field will feature an artificial turf surface, lights, seating for 1,000 fans and an enclosed press box. The field will be the home for the Pace football, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s soccer programs.

Peter X. Finnerty Field will feature an artificial turf surface, new dugouts and lights. In addition to serving as the new home of the Pace baseball team, the field will also be the home of the newly established women’s field hockey program with the first varsity season approaching in fall 2015.

A new softball field will be built in the southwest corner of the Pleasantville campus adjacent to the Taconic State Parkway.  Home of the Pace softball team, the new field will feature a natural grass surface. 

The multi-purpose field as well as the renovations to Peter X. Finnerty Field are all expected to be completed by the end of this year.


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