$500,000 Capital Grant for Athletic Complex

October 20, 2010

BROOKLYN and LONG ISLAND, NY October 21, 2010 St. Josephs College announced at a press conference on Tuesday that New York Sen. Brian X. Foley (D-Blue Point) has secured a capital grant for $500,000 that will be used for the general construction of its new athletic facility on the Colleges Long Island Campus. The College plans to build a $12 million state-of-the-art athletic complex during the course of 18 months that will support a wide array of intercollegiate athletic programs.

"We are incredibly grateful to Senator Foley for securing these funds for the construction of our new state-of-the-art athletic complex in Patchogue, SJC President S. Elizabeth A. Hill, C.S.J., J.D. said. "Funding will allow us to accommodate our growing athletic programs while we continue to provide our student athletes with the very best facilities.

The new athletic complex will be home to all present and future SJC outdoor athletic teams and will include an illuminated 400-meter all-weather track with a synthetic multipurpose infield, illuminated baseball and softball fields with dugouts, an illuminated tennis court, a combined soccer/lacrosse field, trails for jogging, nature walks and exercise, a 1,500-seat capacity bleachers with a press box and scoreboard, a facilities building with restrooms, lockers, offices, storage and a concession stand and parking for 175.

"St. Josephs College is one of the leading educational institutions in our region and we are glad that they are expanding their presence in Patchogue, Sen. Foley said. "The new facility will allow the college to offer its students the opportunity to expand their horizons not only academically, but athletically as well. I am glad to be able to secure the funding for this project and proud to be a partner with the college.

In 2008, St. Josephs College purchased 24.8 acres of property located in the Hamlet of East Patchogue, Town of Brookhaven, approximately one mile east of its Long Island Campus on Sunrise Highway's South Service Road between Phyllis Drive and Hospital Road. The expected date of the projects completion is September 2011.