What is included in the design plans for the Dr. Joseph F. and Honey Karpinski Athletic Stadium Complex?
Plans for the Dr. Joseph F. & Honey Karpinski Athletic Stadium Complex features 150,000 square feet of artificial turf space, including a softball field, a baseball field, and a multi-use field that can be used to host College soccer and lacrosse games. Plans for the 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.
Where will the stadium be located?
While details of its exact location are being worked out, the current plan is for the field to be located behind Spartan Hall on the Auburn Campus. 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 at Auburn Junior High School.
Why is this project important for the College?
The College currently does not have its own fields to host its practices and home games for such sports as soccer and lacrosse. Student-athletes on these teams often have to travel to all corners of the region to find an open field to practice or play on. Those Spartan teams are only able to book a field when that home team isn't using the field, which can often create scheduling problems.
By building the stadium, our Athletic Department will be better able to recruit student-athletes and provide them with the space and facilities they need. Additionally, the new field will enable the College to field a softball and baseball team – two sports which are not currently offered at the College.
Why did the College decide to partner with the school district?
For many reasons. By partnering with the school district, the land-locked College will be able to build a stadium on its own campus while also limiting the impact on available parking and maintaining the large majority of the popular 25 acres of nature trails behind the Auburn Campus. By agreeing to turf Holland Stadium, the district will be able to get its own turf field without burdening the taxpayers or requiring their vote. By creating a cluster of turf fields at the College and adjacent Auburn Junior High School, the region will be able to host athletic tournaments, camps, concerts, marching band competitions, or other outdoor events.
The College and the school district are also seeking ways to collaborate and share costs, including possibly sharing maintenance equipment for the turf fields, storage, locker rooms, and concession stands.
How will the College pay for the turf field?
The details of the land-turf exchange are still being worked out, but the College will likely include these costs in a soon-to-be-announced capital fundraising campaign.
When is the stadium expected to be built?
The announcement of Dr. Karpinski's gift kicks off a series of steps to move the project forward. The College is working with the school district on finalizing the detailed arrangements of the land-turf exchange. Resolutions would need to be approved by the College Board of Trustees and the Cayuga County Legislature. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a resolution during its June 12 meeting in the Auburn High School Library. If all of the boards approve the arrangement, the proposal would go to SUNY to be included in its capital budget request to New York State. The earliest possible groundbreaking would be in Summer 2013.
Who are Dr. Joseph F. and Honey Karpinski?
Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. is an Auburn native, a respected oral and maxillofacial surgeon, and honored community leader. Floryanna (Honey) Lesczynska Karpinski was his wife of 35 years, who died of ovarian cancer in 1991. Together, they raised three sons and three daughters in Auburn, and both spent countless hours in service to the Auburn community through a variety of organizations. For more information, view About the Donors.
Will the nature trails behind the College be affected?
Because of the land-turf exchange between the College and the Auburn Enlarged City School District, there will be minimal impact to the nature trails. The new stadium is expected to affect less than one acre of the 25-acres of 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 behind the Thomas F. Steenburgh Nature Center.
What effect will the stadium have on parking at the College?
The current plans will take away approximately 50 of the 972 available parking spots at the College. These 50 spaces are located in the portion of the back parking lot that is farthest from the building. To make up for those missing spots, the College is exploring the use of a former tennis court as an added parking area, which could add an additional 56 spots.
How will the stadium impact traffic?
Visitors to the stadium will be able to enter campus from Franklin and Prospect streets, and be able to park in one of more than 920 available spaces. Most events at the stadium are expected to be scheduled during the evening and on weekends, which are typically slower traffic days at the College.
How much will the project cost?
The current estimate for the stadium project is $6 million.
How will the College pay for the stadium?
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.
What impact will the stadium lights have on the surrounding area?
Because the fields sit on the center of both campuses, they are expected to have minimal impact on the surrounding residential neighborhoods. In fact, a study contracted by the school district indicated that the residential neighborhoods receive more light pollution from businesses on Grant Avenue than from the highly directed luminance of the stadium lights.
Do you have other questions about the project?
Contact Margaret Spillett, director of public relations and institutional communications, at 315-255-1743, ext. 2428, or firstname.lastname@example.org.