Welcome home: St. Joe's building new athletic facility
by Andrew Pavia
Sep 05, 2012 | 1197 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
St. Joseph's College Bears athletics will finally have a true home court advantage.

The school is undergoing the most elaborate construction project in over 40 years, which will result in an athletic facility and an underground parking garage on Vanderbilt Avenue in Clinton Hill.

The 44,000-square-foot project will cost $14 million. Located directly across from the Dillon Child Study Center at the site of a current student parking lot, construction should be complete by December 2013. Until then, students will park in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

For years, the athletic teams of St. Joseph's College represented their school from various venues throughout Brooklyn. However, once this facility is built all 10 athletic teams will be able to utilize it.

With over 20 percent of the student body involved with at least one sports team, the new facility will affect the students in a tremendous way. The new building will be a place for teams to practice, as well.

When athletes and fans enter the new complex, they will walk into a triple-floor vestibule with a staircase connecting all three floors, which will have balconies on each overlooking the entryway.

A trophy case will line each wall honoring the history of the Bears.

The new facility will also include home and visitor locker rooms, three main bleachers for fans, and court will be divided to accommodate two simultaneous practice games.

But athletes aren't the only ones that will befit from the new building. With a maximum capacity of 550 for games, 884 for other events, and 99 parking spaces underneath the facility, the entire school will enjoy the project once it is completed.

“By bringing our games and matches on campus, it will bring our college community closer together and provide our neighborhood with quality, family-friendly entertainment,” said Michael Banach, director of Public Affairs for the college.

Banach said that he hopes the facility will entice future students to choose St. Joseph's College.

“Our enrollment has increased by over 20 percent over the past five years, and this new facility will provide St. Joseph's with the additional space for conference rooms and public assemblies that it needs to best serve its increasing enrollment,” he said.

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