Holy Trinity’s new athletic complex moves forward


A digital rendering of the Kelly Automotive Stadium shows what the finished product will look like.

Courtesy of Michelle Salyer

For young athletes, the availability of quality resources for sporting events can mean the difference of casually playing a league game to competing in national championships.

In the spring, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy (HTEA) approved a capital campaign for a $5.5 million Tiger Athletic Complex at its Upper School.

“This project includes the construction of a 12,207-square-foot field house featuring home and visitor locker rooms, concessions, restrooms, strength and conditioning facilities, athletic trainer facilities, office space and a dining pavilion,” officials wrote in a news release. “It also includes the latest generation artificial turf field and Plexitrac athletic track surface, as well as road, parking, lighting and sidewalk enhancements, gym upgrades and other vital improvements that will transform the Upper School for all Holy Trinity students, families and visitors.”

The project was immediately undertaken, and construction began on the synthetic turf field this summer. By the fall, just in time for the first game of the season on, Sept. 13, the field was completed and the next step of the capital campaign was underway.

Construction of a new, 12,207-square-foot field house will begin in November. It should be completed in late 2020 or early 2021.

The new turf, having been laid down in the summer, is top-of-the-line quality and provides the student athletes the best resources in synthetic turf. Alongside the field, a running track with a “Plexitrac Accelerator polyresin all-weather surface,” is a new addition.

The track and field stadium, labeled the Kelly Automotive Stadium, is only the first step in the capital campaign. It seeks to build an entire complex for HTEA called the Tiger Athletic Complex.

“The addition of the Tiger Athletic Complex and related enhancements to our athletic facilities are vital to helping us fulfill our goal of educating the whole child — mind, body and spirit,” said Dr. Katherine Cobb, president of Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy. “Eighty-six percent of our students participate in athletics, and every student participates in physical education from preschool through junior high, so athletics represent an integral part of student life at Holy Trinity. These facilities will make a significant impact on the holistic educational experience for generations of students to come.”

For more information, go to htacademy.org.