By LOU WILIN
The University of Findlay continues to lay groundwork, with Findlay city officials’ help, to build a $9 million, 5,000-seat lacrosse/football stadium off Trenton Avenue.
Findlay City Planning Commission on Thursday recommended City Council close Foulke Avenue from Morey Avenue to Cory Street, and also close four nearby alleys. Council will have the final say in a few weeks, but the university makes a compelling argument.
“West Foulke runs straight through where the middle of the stadium would be, roughly on the 50-yard line,” said Todd Jenkins, engineering project manager for Peterman Associates.
Closing the street and alleys will enable water, sewer and other utility lines to be moved and stadium designs to advance, he said.
The four north-south alleys which would be closed all extend from Trenton Avenue to Foulke Avenue, between Morey Avenue on the west and Cory Street on the east.
A construction date for the open-air stadium has not been set yet. But the university plans for the women’s lacrosse team to play on the new turf by spring 2015, and the football team to use it in fall 2015.
The stadium will be in the block bounded by Morey Avenue on the west, Cory Street on the east, Trenton Avenue on the north and Howard Run on the south. The area is now the site of Kremer Field, and is behind the Koehler Fitness and Recreation Complex, residential housing and offices.
The stadium also will offer more space to the university’s intramural sports programs, which include 25 activities and 3,000 participants.
It also will host eight concerts a year which will be live-streamed online.
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By LOU WILIN