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Queens College to Hold Groundbreaking Ceremony for Soccer Field Renovation

Media Advisory for Wednesday, June 16, 2 pm

-- In Addition to the School’s NCAA Division II Athletes, the Soccer Field Serves NYC Public School Students and Members of the Local Community --

WHAT:

A groundbreaking ceremony and photo op to mark the renovation of the college’s soccer field. The $9.3 million renovation began in January 2021 and has a projected completion date of early 2022. It is funded with support from New York State and New York City.


The Queens College soccer field is used by the school’s NCAA Division II athletes for games, conditioning, and sport specific training and for the college’s intramural events and physical education classes. It is also used by the school to host NYC public and Catholic diocese school championships and Special Olympics events. Community groups use the field for soccer, track and field, and field day events.

WHERE:

On the east edge of the soccer field in front of the bleachers. Members of the media should enter the campus at Gate Six (Melbourne Avenue and 149th Street) and park in Field Six, which is located next to Townsend Harris High School. The soccer field is accessible by a flight of stairs on the west side of the lot. Handicapped access is available from Parking Field Five.  Event Location Map | Directions to QC | Campus Map

VISUALS:

Elected and university officials will pose with shovels and wearing hardhats. Please click HERE for conceptualized views of the renovated field.

WHO:

Queens College President Frank H. Wu will moderate. Invited speakers include NYC Council Member James Gennaro, Queens College Student Athlete Shannon Gibbons, Special Counsel for Ratepayer Protection and alumnus Rory Lancman (a former NYC Council Member and NYS Assembly Member), NYC Council Member Francisco Moya, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, CUNY Chancellor Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, NYS Assembly Member Nily Rozic, Queens College Director of Athletics Robert Twible, NYS Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, and a representative from the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.

Visitor Health and Safety Guidelines:
Members of the media who plan on attending the June 16 must RSVP HERE and completeCOVID-19 pre-screening forms on-site that are required of all attendees. Face coverings will be required for all attendees and social distancing will be enforced.

Background:

The Queens College Department of Athletics offers varsity, intramural, and recreational opportunities to members of the campus community. The college sponsors 16 varsity sports at the NCAA Division II level, with the Knights competing predominantly in the East Coast Conference. Queens College's Department of Athletics encourages all student-athletes to complete a meaningful academic degree program, participate fully in campus life, and prepare for life after college athletics. Program sports include Men's Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Tennis, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, and Women’s Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field, and Dance (Club Team). For more information on the Department of Athletics, please click HERE.  
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