In a ceremony on Thursday afternoon, Wagner College broke ground on a new $3 million athletic facility that is set for completion in the spring of 2022.
Wagner College President Joel W. Martin, CFO John Carrescia, Senior Vice President Angelo Araimo, Athletic Director Walt Hameline and head football coach Tom Masella joined Staten Island Deputy Borough President Ed Burke and New York State Senator Diane Savino to celebrate the start of construction adjacent to Hameline Field.
"Today is a great day for Wagner College and our athletic department that highlights the powerful support of our committed alumni," President Martin commented. "This new building will create first-class spaces worthy of our student-athletes as they strive for excellence in the classroom and during athletic competition."
The project is self-funded by the Wagner College Athletic Department and supported by a $600 thousand Higher Education Capital matching grant from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.
"We are very excited to build this new facility that will benefit all of our student-athletes and help us win championships in the future," said Hameline. "I'd like to thank the Wagner College administration and our tremendous alumni for helping us turn our plans into reality."
The college's newest facility will feature a weight room, locker room, athletic training facility and equipment room and will benefit all Wagner varsity athletic teams.
"We're excited to see the new home for our football program come to life," Masella added. "Our players will benefit from this facility on a daily basis. I'm certain that this will help us greatly in our quest to bring championship football back to Staten Island and Wagner College."
Additionally, the new facility will offer the option for future expansions if necessary.
Earlier this year, Wagner also received a Higher Education Capital grant to renovate the Harborview Residence Hall.