Lake Erie College selects home field for new football program
- Stadium agreement signed between College, City and School District-
(PAINESVILLE, Ohio)- The Lake Erie College football program is starting to take shape. The program has three coaches on staff, the new equipment is in, a new rousing fight song is ready and the team now has a stadium in which to play its home games.
Lake Erie College signed a lease, sublease and use agreement with the City of Painesville and the Painesville City School District, effective immediately, to use the Painesville Stadium for its home contests. Other Storm athletic programs, such as track and field, will also have the opportunity to use the facilities located in the Kiwanis Recreation Park. The terms of this agreement expire at midnight on Dec. 31, 2012.
“This agreement will not only benefit the College, but the local school district and the economy of the great city of Painesville as well,” said Lake Erie College President Michael T. Victor. “We are delighted to be able to share the excitement of a new football program with the local community and hope to see many local citizens in the stands.”
As part of the agreement, the College will make $100,000 in improvements to the building that will be used as the teams’ locker room facilities. By the end of the 2008 calendar year, the School District will have completed renovations to the press box that are in accordance with applicable National Collegiate Athletic Association and Ohio High School Athletic Association requirements. Furthermore, the City has agreed to complete construction of hard surfaces for the use of parking and make renovations to the public restrooms located at the field.
In turn, the College will provide Harvey High School the use of its soccer field for three home matches each season. In the fifth year of the agreement, the College will open discussions with the Schools regarding the installation of an artificial turf and the possibility of the College participating in bearing the cost.
The School District will be responsible for preparing, maintaining, lining and dressing the practice field and the stadium field in addition to providing general maintenance and repairs. The City will provide entrance signage to the Kiwanis Recreation Park promoting the College and identifying the field and baseball diamond as the College’s home fields.
“This is a wonderful arrangement for the City, Schools and College,” said Rita McMahon, Painesville city manager. “This cooperative venture will help to bring real depth to our community. We are proud to be the home of Lake Erie College.”
Michael Hanlon, Jr., superintendent of Painesville City Local Schools, echoed the sentiment. “We have had a long-standing relationship with the College and see this as one more way we can have an impact on the students in our school district. We look forward to the benefits this relationship brings to the community.”
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Founded in 1856, Lake Erie College is a dynamic and progressive institution of higher education. The College offers 26 undergraduate majors, including new programs in sports management, forensic psychology and therapeutic horsemanship, as well as master’s degrees in business administration and education. This coeducational college, grounded in the liberal arts, enrolls just over 1,000 students of all ages and is nationally recognized for its equine studies programs and international learning opportunities for students.