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10/05/2016
Sneak Peek at New Outdoor Athletic Complex, Field Dedication Highlight Hudson Valley Homecoming

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-7081, d.kennedy1@hvcc.edu
Justin Hoyt (518) 629-7898, j.hoyt@hvcc.edu
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday Oct. 5, 2016

What: Hudson Valley Community College will hold two events celebrating the completion of its new $4.5 million Outdoor Athletic Complex during homecoming festivities this week.

A tour of the complex for media members will take place on Thursday, Oct. 6. During the tour, media members will have a chance tour the new facilities and speak with college leaders and athletic department personnel.

Prior to the homecoming football game, a ceremonial ribbon cutting and dedication will take place on Saturday, Oct. 8. The event will feature remarks by President Drew Matonak, officially opening the Outdoor Athletic Complex.

When: Tour: Thursday, Oct. 6, 2:30-4 p.m. Ribbon cutting: Saturday, Oct. 8, 12:45-1 p.m.

Where: Outdoor Athletic Complex, Hudson Valley Community College

Details: Hudson Valley’s new $4.5 million Outdoor Athletic Complex was completed in August 2016. The complex is home to brand new turf and natural grass fields; a 400-meter, eight-lane track; grandstand seating and bleachers, brand new lighting, and a new scoreboard.

The new complex will be home to the college’s intercollegiate football, soccer and lacrosse programs, and will serve community organizations and the general public. These expanded facilities also will allow the college to host regional, state-wide and national athletic contests in a variety of sports at the high school and collegiate levels.

Funding for the project was provided by the Faculty Student Association of Hudson Valley Community College, Inc. and New York state, the Athletic Department, Student Senate class gifts, and corporate and individual donors.

The Hudson Valley Vikings’ homecoming football game will kick off at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, immediately following the dedication ceremony. The Vikings will face off against Valley Forge Military College for their first game on the new turf field. The college’s Homecoming Weekend festivities also include a Fall Festival on Thursday, events for alumni and students on Friday, and a 5K race and walk to end stigma against mental illness on Sunday. For more information on homecoming events visit www.hvcc.edu/homecoming.

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Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 80 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.