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Groundbreaking for LIU Post Stadium Renovation Set for Oct. 20

New football, lacrosse and field hockey complex scheduled to open September 2013

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Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
LIU Post, Long Island University
516-299-4177

LIU Post Stadium Site RenderingBrookville, N.Y. – A ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation of LIU Post’s football, field hockey and lacrosse complex will take place on Saturday, October 20, at the conclusion of the Homecoming football game against Millersville University.

The project will replace seating that dates to the 1960s with a new, handicapped accessible, 3,500-seat structure with modern media and coaching facilities on the west side of the field, a new entry plaza and landscaping.

Demolition of the old bleachers and running track and construction of the new seating will take place this winter. The new facility is scheduled to be ready for use by LIU Post’s football and field hockey teams for the fall 2013 seasons.

The facility will be designed to host key University events such as Homecoming and Fall Festival, as well as regional high school championship games and other important large community gatherings. The new stadium will help to position the University both locally and nationally as a premiere educational and sports center on Long Island.

"This is a bold and exciting plan to provide LIU Post students and the campus community with superior athletic and recreational opportunities," said Dr. Paul Forestell, provost of LIU Post.

The Pioneer Spirit fundraising campaign is being co-chaired by Long Island University trustees and former LIU Post football players Peter Gibson '82, co-CEO of the Knowledgent Group Inc.; Sal Naro '83, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Member, Coherence Capital Partners; and William Nuti ’86, Chairman, President and CEO, NCR Corp.

“My participation as a student-athlete was a major influence in my life,” Gibson said. “It gave me self-discipline, a sense of responsibility to the team, and the confidence to take risks. Through the strong support and core values that were instilled in me, during my college years, I now can give back and make a positive impact in the lives of the current students and I embrace the opportunity to do so.”

“The Pratt Recreation Center and the Stadium serve as the focal point for student life at the campus,” Naro said. “Improving this critical area will not only enhance the current student experience but allow for the continued engagement of the Long Island community around neighborhood wellness programs, local high school championships, concerts and events.”

LIU Post fields 15 varsity sports teams that compete in NCAA Division II.

“LIU Post has enjoyed a long history of excellence in sports,” said Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Bryan Collins. “We believe this new stadium will be a showcase for our student athletes and will further elevate the profile of our sports teams and school spirit.”

For more information about the new stadium and how to contribute to the Pioneer Spirit Campaign, contact Lisa Mulvey, LIU Post associate vice president for development and alumni relations, at 516-299-2265 or lisa.mulvey@liu.edu. For more information on LIU Post athletics, visit www.liu.edu/post/athletics.

Posted 10/10/2012

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