Holy Trinity is closing in on the completion of construction of its Tiger Athletic Complex.
As part of the $5.5 million project, Holy Trinity now has installed a synthetic turf field and a Plexitrac athletic track surface that the school says also has "Cool Play" technology that helps keep surface temperatures lower, included in what will be known as Kelly Stadium.
Additionally, a 13,000 square foot field house, known as the Shah Family Athletic Center, that is also part of the project, includes locker rooms, a concession area, restrooms, office space, and a 2,000-foot strength and conditioning center that features weights, bikes and treadmills.
"It’s going to be used by every sport," said James Phillips, HTEA’s athletic director. "It’s not just for one sport or the sports which come out here and use the stadium. We’re working on a plan to have every team utilize the area and hopefully make all of our student-athletes bigger, faster, stronger, and that’s the goal and with the facilities that we have now I think that’s going to come to light."
"We are so excited," said school President Katherine Cobb. "It’s been a multi-year project between the initial board approval and then the design and now the construction and we haven’t had kids on campus since March so we’ve made a lot of progress and when they come back to school next week, we’re so excited to see their faces as they drive in. This whole structure wasn’t here when they left back in March."
Cobb and Phillips weren’t the only ones excited.
A group of student-athletes from Holy Trinity were on hand to take a tour of the field house and walk on the field as Holy Trinity showed them off to the media on August 28th. Among them was John DeLuca, a senior who plays both soccer and golf at the school, who donated around $500 to the project.
"We were ecstatic just to be able to see the progress done and to be able to like hear that, we’ll be able to, at least the seniors will be able to use it this year is super exciting, said DeLuca, who also said he started a non-profit to help "all kids play youth sports."
DeLuca also discussed his affinity for the new locker room area.
"Probably my favorite part of the new facility is the locker room," DeLuca said. "Just the lockers are really cool. I love the cushioned seats and the perfect storage for like our bags and stuff, but also I love the weight room. Right now, our weight room is a little small and like kinda dingy and the new weight room is nice and big and we’ll have a lot more space to work with so it’s not as cramped."
Phillips noted that the facilities upgrades were badly needed.
"This is my 15th year at Holy Trinity and to see the transformation that has just happened is just incredible," Phillips said. "The years that I was coaching out here, by the time that football season had finished, then the soccer teams would come out here, the ball wouldn’t roll properly. It was used by every team and then obviously watching the lacrosse guys come out here, they were struggling to find a place to face off."
The school says it will have construction complete by October, and the idea seems to be to unveil the athletic field house during a special occasion.
"Homecoming is October 23rd so that will be the day that we will actually be able to utilize the building on behalf of our athletes and have a celebration here," Cobb added.
Phillips also said that improvements have been and will continue to take place throughout the campus’ athletic facilities.
"We’re looking to upgrade all of our sports," Phillips said. "We’ve actually just got a new sound system in the gym, we’ve redone the floor in the gym which is brand all-new last year. We’re currently in the process of upgrading our baseball facilities and there’s plans to work on the softball facilities also. We re-did the tennis court surface last year. We upgraded that and we put new wind screens all around that so we’re looking at every on-campus facility that we’ve got regarding sports to improve it for everybody…."Even with swim and golf, they’re going to have access to the new weight room."