PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Pace University will break ground on Thursday, Oct. 9, on a new athletics complex that will modernize and upgrade athletic facilities on its Pleasantville campus .
The $13.5 million project, which is part of the Pace Master Plan for the Pleasantville campus, includes construction of a new athletics field house, a new softball field and renovations to Peter X. Finnerty Field as well as a new multi-purpose field.
Local officials will join Pace faculty, students, athletes, staff and alumni for the groundbreaking ceremony at 10:30 a.m., at Pace Field on the Pleasantville campus.
"This investment by our University documents, not only the support for our 400 or so student-athletes but dedication to the entire Pleasantville campus community," said Director of Athletics Mark Brown.
The new 14,000 square-foot field house will include a strength center for student-athletes, locker rooms for the women's soccer and women's lacrosse teams, a football locker room, athletic training room, coaches' offices, equipment room and VIP room. Construction of the building is expected to be completed in fall 2015. The multi-purpose field will feature an artificial turf surface, lights, seating for 1,000 fans and an enclosed press box. The field will be the home for the Pace Football, Men's Lacrosse, Women's Lacrosse and Women's Soccer programs. Peter X. Finnerty Field will feature an artificial turf surface, new dugouts and lights. In addition to serving as the new home of the Pace baseball team, the field will also be the home of the newly established women's field hockey program with the first varsity season in fall 2015. A new softball field will be built in the southwest corner of the Pleasantville campus adjacent to the Taconic State Parkway. The new field will feature a natural grass surface. The first softball season on the new field will be in spring 2016.