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SUNY Erie President, County Executive Officially Open South Campus Indoor Training Center

Article by: Paula Sandy

The Kats Indoor Training Center (KITC) at SUNY Erie Community College’s South Campus is officially open for business. SUNY Erie President Dr. Dan Hocoy and County Executive Mark Poloncarz celebrated the opening of the renovated space with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning. 

The 12,320 square foot training facility includes a field built using re-purposed turf from New Era Field. This project has been a collaboration between public and private entities with Erie County facilitating the donation and installation of the turf from the Buffalo Bills to the SUNY Erie Foundation last year.

“The Kats Indoor Training Center highlights the true spirit of public and private partners working together to create a meaningful space for community groups. This space would not be possible without the cooperation of the Buffalo Bills’ organization, in addition to the team from Erie County, who worked with our Foundation to coordinate details on the installation through local company A-Turf,” SUNY Erie President Dan Hocoy said. 

“I would like to thank all who were involved in the collaboration on this project, which helps provide improvements to the facilities made available to SUNY Erie students as well as athletes from various community organizations. By now offering a turf playing surface for practices, games and tournaments for a variety of different men’s and women’s sports 12 months a year we have expanded the athletic facilities available at the college’s South Campus and it is something that should benefit Erie County as a whole,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

Dr. Hocoy noted that in addition to giving community groups and sporting organizations an option for indoor training, the space will also provide rental income for the College. 

The KITC can accommodate multiple sports year-round for training and league play including football, soccer, baseball, field hockey, and lacrosse. According to SUNY Erie Athletic Director Steve Mullen, “interest for the use of the space has been high from organizations like high schools and colleges, to clubs and travel teams. In addition to training, the space is perfect for league play and tournaments.” Use of the facility, which is located at 4041 Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, includes access to locker rooms and free parking. 

For information about the KITC space, contact Brian Brown at brownb@ecc.edu or 716-851-1216.

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