Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Announced for New Athletic Complex

PATCHOGUE, NY – MARCH 26, 2012 – St. Joseph’s College (SJC) is pleased to announce that a ceremonial ribbon cutting of its new athletic facility will take place on Friday, May 11 at noon. The new 24.8 acre outdoor sports facility will complement its already existing 48,250-square-foot indoor athletic facility, the John A. Danzi Athletic Center, located on the College’s Long Island Campus in Patchogue, NY. A luncheon presentation for invited guests will take place immediately following the ceremony.

“St. Joseph's College is both delighted and grateful to have this wonderful new facility that will make a big difference in the development of our athletic programs and enhance the overall experience of all our students,” said St. Joseph’s College President S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D. “I want to thank the many people who have helped make this dream a reality, especially John Danzi for his very generous support, and our many other donors and loyal friends. I am confident our student-athletes will make us all proud as they compete on these beautiful fields.”

This premiere state-of-the-art outdoor facility will showcase the talents of Suffolk County athletes and support a wide array of intercollegiate athletic programs at the College. Features of the new complex include, but are not limited to, an illuminated 400 meter all-weather track with a synthetic multipurpose infield, illuminated baseball and softball fields with dugouts and illuminated tennis courts, a combined soccer/lacrosse field, 1,500 seat capacity bleachers with a press box and scoreboard and a facilities building with restrooms, lockers, offices, storage and a concession stand.

“The opening of this new complex is a major step forward for the entire athletic program.  This is a top quality facility. St. Joseph’s College can now go toe to toe with any Division III institution in our area. These facilities will have a major impact on our recruiting, and it will enhance our ability to provide quality recreation and intramural programs to the St. Joseph’s College community,” said Don Lizak, director of athletics for the Long Island Campus of St. Joseph’s College. “Our student-athletes and coaches are forever grateful to John Danzi, and the St. Joseph’s College administration for their commitment to our programs.”

In 2008, SJC purchased the parcel of property located in the Hamlet of East Patchogue, Town of Brookhaven, approximately one mile east of its Long Island Campus on the south side of Sunrise Highway between Phyllis Drive and Hospital Road. In 2010, the College broke ground and began construction on the $14 million project.

For more information or to request a tour of SJC’s new athletic complex, please call Donna O’Connors at 631.687.5126 or email doconnors@sjcny.edu.

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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