Spalding breaks ground on athletic complex

Spalding University held a groundbreaking ceremony April 12 for its athletic fields complex on South Ninth Street, between West Kentucky and West Breckenridge streets.  (Record Photos by Jessica Able)

Spalding University held a groundbreaking ceremony April 12 for its athletic fields complex on South Ninth Street, between West Kentucky and West Breckenridge streets.

The 7.4 acre site will house the university’s women’s and men’s soccer and softball teams. Members of the three teams attended the ceremony as well as Spalding President Tori Murden McClure, Mayor Greg Fischer, Louisville Metro Council President David James and other dignitaries.

Spalding is building two turf soccer fields — expected to be ready for competition by mid-fall 2019 — and a turf softball field (ready for use by spring 2020). The fields will be lighted and available for use year-round.

The complex will be built on the site of a former industrial tract that has long been unused. The fields, which could also be used for lacrosse and field hockey, will be available for other schools and clubs to rent.

Spalding purchased the property in 2014 and is using raised funds to complete the project. More information on how to support the project can be found at spalding.edu/fields.

Members of the Spalding University softball team attend the groundbreaking ceremony of the new athletic complex April 12.

Hard hats and shovels are placed on a table ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony of the new athletic fields complex April 12.

Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure spoke at the press conference April 12.

Spalding President Tori Murden McClure and Ollie the Golden Eagle shared a smile after the groundbreaking ceremony of the athletic fields complex April 12.

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