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SPENCER ATHLETIC COMPLEX GRAND OPENING TO BE HELD SATURDAY !

SPENCER, WI (OnFocus) – After a three-year project has come to fruition, the new Spencer athletic complex dome will be officially introduced to the community on Saturday.

The dome, which was completed earlier this fall has already housed a few Spencer High School sporting events.

This weekend’s open house will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a short dedication ceremony beginning at 9:30 a.m. The open house will run until 11 a.m.

The dome doubles as a tornado shelter for emergencies and houses a weight room facility, wrestling room and athletic training area as well.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the dome was held in September of 2020 and in just over a year, the dome has been completed. The dome’s roof was raised in January and all spring and summer, crews have worked to finish the interior and exterior of the building.

District Administrator for the Spencer School District Mike Endreas said in a January interview with OnFocus that the dome helps both the school and the community.

“The dome will provide a much needed safe shelter for the community along with the educational benefit with the added classrooms,” Endreas said. “The community fitness center will also benefit Spencer communities. A residual benefit may encourage young people to come to Spencer to live.”

The benefit of moving the weight room into the facility is it helps get the weight room off of the stage located in the high school. It also allows the community easy access to the fitness center if they choose to utilize it.

The dome also houses a 2,800 square-foot wrestling room with mats and lockable doors.

The project also included the installation of a new softball field located behind the dome and new lights for the football field.

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A ‘win’ for an underserved Sacramento neighborhood: $2.25 million sports complex opens !

NOVEMBER 30, 2021

Sacramento, CA – The long-awaited Del Paso Heights Sports Complex opened to the public Monday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the four new futsal courts and refurbished softball field. Public officials, local nonprofits and community organizers hope that the new complex, built at the formerly vacant lot just north of the Robertson Community Center on Norwood Avenue, will offer kids in the underserved neighborhood a much-needed recreational amenity, while also drawing hundreds of families and businesses to the area for youth camps and sports competitions. “We have something unique that’s is in Del Paso Heights only, and we’ll be able to build out opportunities for small businesses, food trucks, open-air markets,” said Danielle Lawrence, executive director of Mutual Assistance Network, which serves residents across Del Paso Heights. “We have the opportunity to make social connections and build out a better Del Paso Heights.”

The development of the complex, which has cost $2.25 million so far, was led by local nonprofit Mutual Assistance Network, in partnership with The Center at Sierra Health Foundation, Sacramento Republic FC and the city of Sacramento. Nearly $2 million in funding came from the city’s Measure U sales tax fund, with additional funding from the US Soccer Foundation and social justice organizations Black Players for Change and Black Women’s Players Collective. Mutual Assistance Network is the long-term lease holder for the complex and will be responsible for overseeing the softball field and futsal courts. While the amenities are technically open to the public, groups and tournaments will have to register to request field time with Mutual Assistance Network.

Mervin Brookins, co-founder of mentorship group Brother 2 Brother, has been organizing youth football, basketball and baseball camps in the neighborhood for years. He said both parents and kids he’s talked with are excited about the new sports complex, even though many haven’t heard of Futsal before. Futsal is a modified version of soccer, played on a smaller, hard-surface court. Teams usually consist of five players each, with one being a goalkeeper.

“There’s a lot of interest in soccer across the board,” Brookins said. “(Kids) are getting excited for our own place, our own arena, and parents are excited because it’s a no-contact sport.” Cities across the United States have increasingly looked to sports complexes as means of capitalizing on the popularity of youth sports and generating tourism revenue. Last year just before the pandemic, Roseville saw the opening of the largest sports complex in the region. The Placer Valley Event Center, a $47 million development, was expected to generate $12 million annually to the economy in south Placer County when it first opened. WinterGreen Research estimated in 2019 that the U.S. youth sports market was valued at $19 billion. Though youth sports participation has declined in recent years because of high costs, time commitments and more, there is growing appreciation for outdoor activities because of COVID-19-related shutdowns. 

City officials and organizers anticipate that the sports complex will generate an annual income of roughly $344,000 between tournaments, field rentals, snack bar operation and business sponsorships. “I’ve been able to watch businesses close down and not thrive, there’s continual switchover,” Lawrence said. “As far as I can see, we don’t have that economic catalyst or draw, but there is buzz and intentionality, and lots and lots of great small businesses and entrepreneurial minded people who would love to see this as a catalyst.” Del Paso Heights is one of Sacramento’s most racially diverse neighborhoods, made up largely of Black, Asian and Latino residents living in modest homes – “a beautiful community,” Brookins said. But the lower-income neighborhood has lacked city investment for decades, he said, and been rocked by the devastating effects of gun violence. While the new courts and refurbished field sends a message to residents that “Del Paso Heights is worth investing in,” Brookins said, he hopes more amenities and programs will come in the near future. “I don’t want this to be, ‘Hey, you got that so be satisfied.’ Now it’s got to be, ‘Hey, this happened, there’s more to come,’“ Brookins said.

There’s still more to do on the sports complex, Lawrence said, including installing additional lighting, adding more park amenities such as picnic areas and fitness equipment, and building up green spaces. Mutual Assistance Network is still fundraising to finish the complex. “It’s hard to do a capital project like this in the middle of a pandemic, but we’re forging ahead because we have the funding to start, and the neighborhood needs a win,” Lawrence said. “This is something for the neighborhood, and it is a win.” Children participate in a soccer workshop with Sacramento Republic FC clinics coaches Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, the opening day of the Del Paso Heights Sports Complex in Sacramento. 


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Users of planned Hagerstown Field House offered chance to give input at Thursday meeting !

 

November 30, 2021

Hagerstown, MD. – A firm working with the city on development of an indoor sports facility will hold a meeting next Thursday to gather public input on possible uses for the complex.

Eastern Sports Management with Pinnacle Indoor Sports and Hughes Group Architects is inviting prospective users of the facility and other interested parties to the meeting, the city announced in a Facebook post.

The groups will present a plan for the complex at Thursday’s meeting and collect input from the public on how it might want to use the facility, according to the announcement. 

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. in the city council chambers at City Hall at Potomac and Franklin streets.

The announcement said the proposed Hagerstown Field House, which could cost between $10 million and $20 million, is anticipated to open in 2024.

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Cause of Sunday’s collapse at Greater Binghamton Sports Complex being investigated !

Binghamton, NY – No cause has been determined for the Sunday afternoon structure collapse at Greater Binghamton Sports Complex on Airport Road, according to Union Town Council Member Heather Staley.

Union Town Code Enforcement is currently analyzing the collapse at the construction site, Stanley said. This is the second time a structure has collapsed at the complex in the past year.

During a frigid record-breaking winter storm in December 2020, the old dome at the complex slowly deflated under the weight of about three feet of snow, destroying the central facility that attracted thousands of athletes and their families over 15 years.

Construction on the new facility began earlier this year and was scheduled to be completed in early 2022.

Lily Kashou, daughter of Bahij Kashou, owner of the sports complex, said the family has no comment on the incident until it receives more information.

Staley said the collapse caused no injuries.

“I got a notification about the collapse just after 5 p.m. (Sunday),” Staley said. “The project was, from what I was told, 75 percent completed. It was supposed to be opening in January (or) February. So that’s really a big loss for the kids in the community. They were really expecting to be able to use it.”

Staley said the sports complex, used for several indoor sporting events, has not been open since the collapse last winter, although the outdoor fields were being used. The facility centered around a dome billed as the largest air-supported dome structure in the United States, until its collapse.

The new facility being built was a 100,000 square foot steel metal structure, about 25,000 square feet smaller than the air-supported dome.

“My own daughter used to play soccer in that dome,” Staley said. ”There was always something weird about it. There was a suction noise and it used to make me nervous. I used to hate sitting in there watching my daughter’s soccer team. It always made me nervous.”

An artist rendering of what the inside of the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex will look.

An artist rendering of what the inside of the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex will look.

After the December collapse, Bahij Kashou transferred the sports leagues and tournaments to the Edge Sports Complex in Vestal, and got to work on rebuilding his Airport Road facility in the Town of Union.

On April 21, Broome County’s industrial development agency approved Kashou’s plan to rebuild the facility, which he says hosted 15,000 people a week prior to the 2020 collapse.

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Why Salina ? Is the proposed sports complex a comprise for I-81 changes ?

Why Salina? Is the proposed sports complex a comprise for I-81 changes?

Proposed $25 million sports complex at current Hopkins Road Park would create ten fields for soccer and lacrosse (photo: CNYCentral).

Proposed $25 million sports complex at current Hopkins Road Park would create ten fields for soccer and lacrosse (photo: CNYCentral).
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The Onondaga County Legislature approved the spending of $25 million to construct a 10 field soccer and lacrosse complex in Salina at the current site where Hopkins Road Park is.

There was a contingency with the approval in that the legislators wanted more time to ask questions and study the project before making a final decision. The next vote is expected by the end of the year. If approved, the county is expecting to break ground by the end of 2022.

The project was an idea by Onondaga County Executive Ryan McMahon. He said the current park is underutilized as it is and thinks there is more potential.

 

Proposed $25 million sports complex at current Hopkins Road Park would create ten fields for soccer and lacrosse (photo: CNYCentral).

“You’re looking at an economic impact close to 40, 50, $60 million depending on which way you look at it. That means jobs,” he said. “We envision this being something that can do so much more and have such a better economic impact for the community.”

The county did an independent market study to find where the most successful spot would be for this project. It found the site in Salina would be best given the fact the county already owns it and is close to highways like the New York State Thruway and Interstate 81.

It looked at other sites including DeWitt and Syracuse. The current site allowed the project to be all in one whereas other sites meant the fields would have to be in different locations.

The county executive has committed to replacing the baseball and softball fields at Hopkins Road Park elsewhere. They’ve looked into Carrier Park in DeWitt as a site. The county executive proposed, and was approved by the legislature, $2 million in the 2022 budget for this process. He’s also committed to proposing another $2 million in the 2023 budget to continue furthering the need to finish the moved fields.

The county executive has proposed to spend $25 million of stimulus money on the project. That has received pushback from some government leaders in the area. The county executive said the funds were part of the American Recovery Plan to help communities with economic recovery. They say a professional market analysis was done that proved the project would be a major economic boom for the community.

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Why soccer and lacrosse fields? McMahon said the study found the focus should be on those.

“The sport of lacrosse was founded here on the shores of Onondaga Lake not too far from where we are right now,” he said.

Neighbors in the apartments across the street from Hopkins Road Park have mixed opinions on it. Some, like Michael Sims, are in favor. Having coached soccer, he said he sees the sport growing.

“I think it would grow the sport even more for that and get more people to come to the area for that,” Sims said.

He said he doesn’t frequent the park too much except with his daughter. A neighbor of his, Glenn Brooks, walks it twice a day with his dog.

“This is a great park because generally in the summertime you got baseball, you got people all over baseball,” he said.

 

Before and after renderings of the proposed $25 million sports complex at Hopkins Road Park. It would replace the softball and baseball fields with ten turf fields for soccer and lacrosse (photo: CNYCentral).

Brooks would like to see the park stay as is, but thinks things change with the times. Other neighbors in the apartments shared their concerns with the proposal. It included more lights shining in their homes. McMahon said glare concerns will be addressed and other environmental impacts.

They also referred to already-established soccer fields down the road at Electronics Park. McMahon said tournaments have to be played on turf fields as proposed. The main concern many residents shared was increased traffic on Hopkins Road. Some wanted to see more entrances than just the one to alleviate traffic congestion. The county executive said that will be considered moving forward.

“If there are issues, you have to then mitigate those issues and sometimes that means you make investments to help alleviate those concerns of traffic,” McMahon said. “These are the types of questions that will be answered before somethings done or else the project just can’t move forward.”

The county executive said another reason Salina was picked was because of the potential impacts changes coming to I-81 could have on the town.

SIMILAR: $25 million sports complex in Salina could help revive businesses hit by the pandemic

Construction will begin to replace portions of the interstate in Syracuse with a community grid. Businesses, especially hotels, in Salina have expressed concerns now that traffic will be routed to towns east and west of Syracuse. Salina is directly north of the city.

“One of the nice factors was… is that the same hotel cluster that could be hurt, it’s very likely that the tournaments here will go support that hotel cluster,” McMahon said.

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Setting Base Anchors. !

BALLFIELD DIMENSIONS GUIDE

Setting Base Anchors

[Drawings 1 & 2: Diagrams of a concrete anchor form.]

1. Create concrete anchors.

A. Build three forms. Each form will require (2) 15″ long 2x4s, (2) 18″ long 2x4s, and (1) 18″ x 18″ piece of ½” plywood or OSB board. Nail, screw and/or glue the pieces together as shown in Drawing 1. When finished, the inside of the box should be 15″ x 15″, the same size as your base.

B. Position the anchor on the “X”. Using a chalk line or a pencil and straight edge, draw straight lines from corner to corner on the inside bottom of the form making an “X” (see Drawing 2). Center your anchor (1″ or 1 ½”) on the “X” so that the sides are parallel to the sides of the wooden form. Be sure that the flared end of the anchor is at the bottom of the form box.

C. Fill with concrete. Mix an 80 lb bag of Redi-Mix concrete as directed on the package. Have someone hold the base anchor in position. Fill the form to the top with the concrete mix and allow one day to cure.

2. Locate the base anchor positions on your field.

(Assuming home plate is in place and a centerline can be established.)

A. Find the center of 2nd base. With the centerline in place, refer to the Field Dimensions Diagrams to find the correct Infield Hypotenuse dimension (letter C on the diagram). Measure with a steel measuring tape from the apex of home plate (following the centerline) to the distance indicated for the Infield Hypotenuse. Place a tarp pin or nail at that spot on the centerline. This is the center of 2nd base.

B. Measure to 1st base. From the 2nd base pin the base distance [A] where 1st base will be positioned. Using a second steel tape, measure the required base distance from the point of home plate to 1st base. Where the two tape measures form a right angle, set another tarp pin or nail. This is the back foul corner of 1st base.

C. Measure to 3rd base. Now repeat the process to position 3rd base. From the 2nd base pin measure the proper base distance to 3rd base. Using a second tape, measure from the point of home plate to 3rd base. Where the tape measures meet to form a right angle is where you place your tarp pin. This is the back foul corner of 3rd base.

D. Make sure it’s accurate. Measure the hypotenuse from the 1st base pin to the 3rd base pin. This is the same as the home plate to 2nd base hypotenuse. If these are not equal, re-measure your base locations. Once the 1st-to-3rd and home-to-2nd distances match, your base locations are accurately marked.

3. Install 1st and 3rd base anchors.

A. String it up and dig a hole. Starting at the point of home plate, run a string line up the foul edge of the foul line well past the 1st or 3rd base pin. This string line should be slightly to the foul side of your 1st or 3rd base pin.

To be installed correctly, the base should cover the foul line as it runs under the base. Next, excavate an area about 2′ square where the base should be located (see Drawing 3). Excavate this area knowing the pins you set indicate the back foul corner of the base.

Most metal anchors are about 8″ long and your 2′ x 2′ hole for the anchor should be 8 ½” to 8 ¾” deep. The top of the anchor post should always be ½” to ¾” below the surface so it is never caught when nail dragging. Make sure that the bottom of the hole is level and well compacted.

[Drawing 3: Cutaway of base anchor installation depth.]

B. Place the anchor. Remove one of the concrete anchors from its form by turning it upside down and pounding the form with a rubber mallet to loosen. Make sure that there is no concrete inside the steel anchor post. To maintain proper drainage, clear any excess concrete if necessary. Using a 2×4, create a bridge across the hole and over the anchor post. Ensure that there is a gap of 1/2″ to 3/4″ from the top of the anchor post to the bottom of your 2×4 bridge. If not, remove the anchor, correct the sub-grade, and remeasure the depth..

C. Is it level? Once your depth is set, make sure the anchor is level. Use a torpedo level on the sides of the anchor post. If necessary, adjust the grade under the concrete anchor until it is level.

D. Position the anchor accurately. Using the string line as your guide, maneuver the anchor so one edge of the concrete is on the string line, the back foul corner of the concrete is where your pin was placed, and the rest of the concrete is on the “fair side” of your string (see Drawing 4). Measure from the point of home plate to the back foul corner of the concrete anchor to ensure correct base placement. You may place a base in the anchor to make for easier measuring. After adjusting your concrete anchor accordingly for correct placement, recheck for levelness and proper depth. Adjust if needed.

E. Bury the anchor. When all three parameters are met (distance, depth, levelness), the anchor can be buried. Add soil a few inches at a time. Compact thoroughly before adding the next few inches. Continue until the level of soil in the excavated area matches the grade of the surrounding infield skin. Compact the soil, then moisten and apply topdressing if used.

[Drawing 4: Distance from home plate to 1st base.]
[Drawing 5: Distance from 1st base to 2nd base.]

4. Install 2nd base anchor.

A. Dig a hole and level it out. The 2nd base pin you placed marks the base’s exact center. Therefore, excavating 1′ out in all directions from the base pin will create a 2′ square area. Follow the same process of excavation and leveling as you did in Step 3 with the 1st and 3rd base anchors.

B. Find the exact center of 2nd base. Place the concrete anchor in the hole. Stretch your steel measuring tapes from the back foul corners of both 1st and 3rd base toward 2nd base. The exact center of 2nd base is where the two tapes form a right angle at the proper base distance. (See letter A in the Field Dimensions Diagrams.) Center the anchor post at that point (see Drawing 5), making sure the sides of the concrete anchor are parallel to the foul lines.

C. Bury the anchor. When all three parameters are met (distance, depth and levelness), the anchor can be buried, just as you buried the 1st and 3rd base anchors.

5. Test each base, troubleshoot if necessary.

With the anchors now in place, test them by installing the bases to see how they sit on the infield skin surface. The base will sit flush to the skin surface with no gaps. If you see gaps from the base sitting up too high, troubleshoot these common installation problems:

  • The steel anchor post is not level (plumb).
  • The infield skin in not level, and it does not match the surrounding grade causing low areas around the base.
  • How old are your bases? It is possible the bottom edges are curled up.

All of these problems present a risk to players. You should correct any of these conditions immediately to reduce any risk of injury.

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National brand partners with local sports complex !

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VILLAGE OF HOMER, NY SEEKS FEDERAL FUNDING FOR NEWLY PROPOSED SPORTS COMPLEX. !

NEWLY PROPOSED SPORTS COMPLEX !

Village of Homer, New York officials are seeking $450,000 from Cortland County’s American Rescue Plan Act allocation funds to finance the acquisition of Casey Fields. 

Officials said the property would be the centerpiece of a multi-use recreational complex that includes four fields to be used for tournaments.

Village officials presented the request at the county’s Federal Aid Allocation Citizen’s Advisory Committee meeting last week. Board of Trustees member Ed Finkbeiner said the funding would be primarily used to purchase the property, which he estimates is appraised at $420,000. 

The 88-acre, two-mile portion of land along the Tioughnioga River was initially appraised at $382,000 in 2018, when the village considered acquiring the property. The property, which runs along Route 11 and ends close to Yaman Park in Cortland, already has softball fields that are used for other purposes. Installing the four new lacrosse and soccer fields would cost the village $30,000, Finkbeiner said.

A concept of what the complex would look like from the village of Homer’s presentation. (Photo provided by the Village of Homer).

“The village does not expect to use any income generated from this project to help our budget,” he added.

Finkbeiner noted that the possibility to host tournaments at the proposed complex would pay for parts of the project. He added the village is prepared to use money from their reserve accounts, as well as their own allocation from the American Rescue Plan Act to pay for the project.

“This is a great thing for the county,” Finkbeiner added, describing the project as “synergistic.”

The village does not have a timeline or a price tag for the project as a whole. Finkbeiner noted they have not been able to receive guidance on the property from paid engineers since the village does not own the property yet. He also said the village would try to get to work on building the fields as soon as they close on the property.

Village recreation director Zack Pollak noted that based on a study on a similar proposal to attract Little League families in Michigan, Homer could be attracting 445 people per weekend through soccer tournaments in the summer. 

Finkbeiner added that the same study showed that parents tend to spend close to $1,000 in the community for food and other leisure and tourist activities.

The village expects that 10 percent of those visiting the sports complex during a tournament will come from across the county. Finkbeiner said another 10 percent would come from the central New York region, while 50 percent more would come from other regions in the state such as western New York. The remaining 30 percent would come from neighboring states such as Pennsylvania, he added.

Other amenities planned for the complex include creating the county’s first dedicated, 2-acre dog park. Finkbeiner noted there are at least 809 dogs in Homer, highlighting the demand for the dog park. It would be used by residents of other municipalities. The village could also implement 2-mile long walking trails from Durkee Park in Homer to Yaman Park in the city, he said.

Finkbeiner said the village will cover the closing costs on the property, build the proposed fields, as well as the dog park, provide bathroom facilities, install lighting, build pavilions and pay for yearly maintenance and operational costs. 

He also added the village could consider purchasing an adjacent property currently owned by the Cortland County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) to bring in some extra parking space for the complex.

“This is really an asset for the whole county,” Finkbeiner said.

County legislator Christopher Newell (R-LD 11) asked about the village’s finances.

“If half of your asking (price) were to be granted, where does that leave you?” Newell asked. 

Village treasurer Tanya Digennaro said the Board of Trustees would have to look at the feasibility of footing the rest of the bill to acquire the property.

“If there is a partial award, the village has some reserve money,” she said. “The Board of Trustees would have to reassess if it is feasible to buy the land.” 

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Highlands Sports Complex To Host ‘Spooktacular’ Event Thursday !

The Highlands Sports Complex is getting into the Halloween spirit, hosting its inaugural Highlands Sports Spooktacular.

The event will be held Thursday from 5-8 p.m. at the Highlands Sports Complex. Vendors from all over the Ohio Valley will be handing out treats and the complex, in conjunction with the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley, also will host a costume contest.

Prizes will be awarded for the scariest, cutest, funnies and most creative costume at the complex, as well as an overall winner, who will win a free birthday party, a $300 value.

Tickets for the event are $5 in advance and $7 the day of the event. That ticket includes a hot dog, small soda, $5 arcade card and trick or treating inside the complex.

The varsity Wheeling Central volleyball team has volunteered to run the cash games that will include a witches hat ring toss, mummy sack races, ghost/pumpkin bowling, and pin the spider on the web. Norma Fleagane, local published author of the series “Sneaky the Hairy Mountain Monster,” will have book readings throughout the evening and will be donating 10% of each book sold to United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley.

All proceeds from the event will go to the United Way of the Upper Ohio Valley. For more information, call the complex at 304-238-9650.

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CSB Softball Complex Named College Field of the Year !

College Sports – A college softball complex has been named the best in the nation among Divison III schools.

The College of Saint Benedict Softball Complex was named the 2021 Netting Professionals/NFCA Field of the Year. The award recognizes top fields and stadiums in the nation for their flawless grounds maintenance and top-notch playing surfaces.

“I am thrilled to have our softball complex recognized by the NFCA,” CSB softball coach Rachael Click said. “Many hours went into the planning and construction of the fields, and they continue to be maintained at the highest level by our dedicated grounds crew.

CSB’s softball complex includes both turf and natural fields and turf bullpens and batting cages. It also features a heated press box, sound system, lighted grandstand and dugouts, custom player lockers, bat racks, and branded backstops. There are bathrooms for the teams located in both dugouts, a ticket office, restrooms and concessions for fans.

The CSB softball team’s new facility opened in 2018.

Other winners include Division I Missouri’s Mizzou Softball Stadium; Division II Washburn University’s Gahnstrom Field; Calumet College’s Whiting Sports Complex from the NAIA; Jones College’s Community Bank Park at Gwen Magee Field for NJCAA and the Marauder Softball Stadium from Antelope Valley College for the Cal JCs.

Submitted by the College of St. Benedict

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