City of Rochester unveils plans to build sports center next to old Marina Auto Soccer Stadium |

City of Rochester unveils plans to build sports center next to old Marina Auto Soccer Stadium

Updated: January 15, 2020 10:39 AM
Created: January 14, 2020 05:28 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The City of Rochester is taking a big step toward turning the old Marina Auto Soccer Stadium complex into a sports center for local kids.

On Tuesday, Mayor Lovely Warren unveiled the $2.1 million plan to remodel a building next to the stadium into an indoor training facility called the Maguire Project. There are other plans for the former stadium as well.

The 25,000 square-foot building next to the stadium is currently used for offices and storage. The city plans to remodel it, adding turf and courts, training areas, batting cages, and a weight room.

Officials say it'll offer Rochester athletes opportunities for training for football, soccer, baseball, tennis, softball, and lacrosse — the kind of training for which suburban athletes already have facilities.

"As a community, there has been a need to provide our youth and adolescents with an indoor sports facility," Carlos Cotto of the Rochester City School District said. "This facility will support students in their overall growth and development during the time that the weather would not permit."

"This is phase 1, and they are going to do it inside the existing structure," Warren said. "We have larger plans when it talks about the stadium itself, but we are utilizing the stadium in the summer and in the warmer months for different programming as well, that the community utilizes it for different sporting events, including the city school district."

On behalf of the City of Rochester and the Rochester City School District, the Rochester Area Community Foundation applied for what turned into a $460,000 grant from the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation that pushed the funding for the facility over the finish line.

It's expected to open this fall.

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