Opened in 2008, Pioneer Stadium has been the home of Alfred State football, soccer, lacrosse, and track and field for nearly a decade. The college celebrated the opening of the newest addition to facility on Friday with a ribbon cutting.
The process to build a locker room facility started in 2014 when the college received state funding from State Senator Catharine Young. Design of the project started in July of 2015 and construction started just under a year ago. Gretchen Persbacker was the state university construction fund project coordinator and Le Chase Construction was the general contractor.
"This new facility enhances the culture of the campus and adds to the value of our athletic department", commented Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan during the ribbon cutting.
The facility features three locker room spaces. The largest space has over 100 lockers, showers, restrooms, and a laundry room while on the other side of the building there are a pair of identical locker rooms with 30 lockers, showers, and restrooms. The space also has a athletic training room facility situated in between the locker rooms.
"Like so many of the ambitious capital projects we've announced and celebrated at Alfred State College in recent years, the new Pioneer Stadium locker room facilities are another step forward for a college that is firmly focused on the future," said State Senator Catharine Young (R-C-I, 57th District). "I am pleased that I have been able to support many of Alfred State's efforts to expand and enhance its facilities and programming - including its athletics programs - all towards the goal of offering greater opportunities to students."
Director of Athletics Jason Doviak knows the importance of the new locker rooms. "The addition of this facility exemplifies our commitment to our NCAA Division III pursuit along with our dedication to provide our student-athletes with an outstanding athletic experience."
Owen Davis, the Student Athlete Advisory Committee President and a junior linebacker on the football team, is excited for the opening of the new facility. "This locker room complex will give a home to my team and the other teams that use Pioneer Stadium. The locker rooms will give us a better space to get ready for practices and games and will also help our team bond. We already have started to enjoy the space and look forward to reaping the benefits of this new building."
Pioneer Stadium opened in the Spring 2008. The field turf facility features lights, seating for 2,000 fans, and a fully functioning press box. In the summer of 2009, the facility was named Pioneer Stadium and permanent restrooms, concessions, and storage areas were built.