Catholic Central High School breaking ground on a new athletic facility

Posted at 10:49 PM, May 26, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-26 22:49:09-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - They're breaking ground on a new multi-million dollar athletic facility, Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School will finally have their first home court advantage in over 100 years.

Opening in the Spring of 2016, Trevor Hinshaw, Catholic Central H.S. Athletic Director, said the stadium and facility expansion is giving more than 500 student athletes a place to call home.

"This project is certainly a dream come true," said Hinshaw. "I think this has been a vision that has been shared by our community for a long time. For us to see this come together is absolutely amazing."

Through the generosity of alumni and key donors, the $8.6 million expansion of the Cougar Athletic Trails facility is set for Completion next year.

"That will include a turf field, a viewing plaza, a track, and the actual athletic stadium will be complete Fall of 2016," said Hinshaw.

Along with the addition of a new 3,250 seat athletic stadium and varsity track and field.

It's been years of a lot of hard work put in by a lot of community members as well as the staff members," said Hinshaw. "It's been 109 years in the making."

Multiple coaches tell Fox 17 their student athletes have been incredibly flexible over the years with traveling and never having the 'home court' advantage. Saying the kids are just as excited as the coaches with the new expansion.