A Local Legend Creates a Home Field Advantage for Student-Athletes
Highlights of the Planned Athletic Complex
- A total of three acres of artificial turf fields
- Soccer/lacrosse artificial turf field
- Baseball turf field with dugouts
- Softball turf field with dugouts
- 5,000 square foot locker rooms with showers, bathrooms, lockers/storage, other amenities
- Public restrooms
- Concession stand
- Bleacher seating for 1,500 people
Thanks to a $500,000 naming gift from Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr., Cayuga Community College is pleased to announce a new capital project — a 150,000 square foot, artificial turf, stadium complex at the Auburn Campus. The College announced its intention to develop the Dr. Joseph F. & Honey Karpinski Athletic Stadium Complex during a news conference on June 11 in the Spartan Hall lobby.
The estimated $6 million Karpinski Athletic Complex includes a softball field, a baseball field, and a multi-use field that can be used to host College soccer and lacrosse games. The plans for 1,500-seat stadium also include 5,000 square feet for locker rooms, dugouts for the softball and baseball fields, public restrooms, and a concession stand.
The College will seek $3 million in 50-percent matching funds from New York State, and will raise the remaining $2.5 million of the local share through Faculty Student Association funding, revenue from the student activity fee, rental income from the fields, and a capital fund-raising campaign.
Teaming Up for the Benefit of the Region
The field will be located behind Spartan Hall on the Auburn Campus. While details of its exact location are being worked out, the Auburn Enlarged City School District has agreed to donate to the College approximately three acres of a "plateau field" behind Auburn Junior High School that adjoins the College property. In exchange, the College will turf Holland Stadium, creating a cluster of turf fields that will be able to host athletic tournaments, camps, concerts, marching band competitions, or other outdoor events.
The College and the school district are seeking ways to collaborate and share costs, including possibly sharing maintenance equipment for the turf fields, storage, locker rooms, and concession stands.
The district's land gift to the College will enable the land-locked College to limit the impact and help preserve the popular 25 acres of nature trails behind the Auburn Campus. The new stadium is expected to affect less than one acre of the nature trails and won't disrupt any of the ponds. The main entrance to the trails and the work-out equipment will likely be moved east toward the Thomas F. Steenburgh Nature Center.