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Pace University Celebrates Grand Opening Of Ianniello Field House

From left, Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman; Pace alumnus and trustee Joseph Ianniello and Pace Director of Athletics Mark Brown.
From left, Pace University President Stephen J. Friedman; Pace alumnus and trustee Joseph Ianniello and Pace Director of Athletics Mark Brown. Photo Credit: Contributed

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University officials joined with Pace alumnus and trustee Joseph Ianniello on Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the new Ianniello Field House, a new state-of-the-art athletic facility and flagship of Pace University Athletics on the Pleasantville campus. 

Ianniello, chief operating officer of CBS Corporation, contributed $2 million for the construction of the new building.

Ianniello is a former member of the Pace football team and a graduate of Pace’s Lubin School of Business.

The 14,010-square-foot Ianniello Field House features a strength and conditioning center for student-athletes, locker rooms for the women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse teams, a football locker room, athletic training room, a sports medicine component, coaches’ offices, equipment room and VIP room.

“Pace has designed and constructed a terrific facility that will benefit its student athletes for many years to come,” said Ianniello. “I take a great deal of pride in having my name associated with this project, and thank everyone involved for making this day a reality. I look forward to following the many successes that Pace Athletics is sure to have in the days ahead.”

The field house is one of the most heavily-trafficked buildings on campus, with 25,000 expected visitors per year. Spectators and visitors will travel through the field house to enter the outdoor athletic complex, and all of Pace athletes and coaches will use the facility for practice, conditioning, and gatherings. 

“As a member of our Board of Trustees and a former great Pace athlete, Joe Ianniello knows this new state-of-the-art facility will not only benefit our current and future student athletes but contribute to campus life and Pace’s global reputation for years to come,” said University President Stephen J. Friedman. “We are exceedingly grateful for his ongoing guidance and support."

Completion of the Ianniello Field House is the final element of a major modernization and upgrading of the athletic facilities at the Pleasantville campus that included construction of new Pace Stadium, new softball field and renovations to Peter X. Finnerty Field. 

Pace Stadium (home to football, women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s lacrosse), Peter X. Finnerty Field (home to baseball and field hockey), and softball field provide superior facilities for athletic teams and intramural sports. 

Pace Stadium and Finnerty Field improvements include top-of-the-line FieldTurf, enhanced lighting, and additional seating. A new softball field with natural grass surface has been built in the southwest corner of the campus adjacent to the Taconic State Parkway. 

There was a rededication ceremony for Peter X. Finnerty Field as part of the day’s celebration. 

A dugout was also named in honor of former Pace baseball head coach, Fred Calaicone, a legend in Pace athletics history who passed away last year.

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