It’s Game Day for Our New Stadium and Alumni Center!
“This project gets us in the ball game!”
– John Kratz, Board of Trustees
On November 7, 2009, Heidelberg played its first football game on campus since 1964, 45 years ago.
This very special homecoming was due to the installation of an artificial turf field in 2008, made possible by the support of Heidelberg alumni Cliff (’27) and Mary (’32) Saurwein. Heidelberg won the game, and has played all of its home games on this field ever since.
The new Hoernemann Stadium and The Fox Den Alumni Center will provide a permanent place for the entire campus community to gather and experience athletics and events together. A place where we can welcome new students into the Heidelberg experience, not just for the time they spend with us on campus, but for the rest of their lives. And a place where you who have gone on to do Heidelberg proud can return, remember and feel part of us again. Today, it’s Game Day for building a home for athletics and alumni at Heidelberg!
Construction on the facility began in late fall 2013. The harsh winter impacted the progress.
“The weather certainly has caused delays but that was not wholly unexpected,” said Rod Morrison, associate vice president for engineering and facilities and the on-campus construction site manager. Despite the delays, crews from general contractor The Snavely Group of Chagrin Falls were able to complete some preliminary work during the winter months.
The project is expected to be completed for Homecoming Weekend Oct. 10-12. Dedication ceremonies are being planned for that weekend to thank the generous donors whose gifts have made the construction possible.
As of mid-March, work on the structure and foundation of the main building and bleachers is ongoing, Morrison said. Nearly all of the excavation work is completed. Footers have been poured for the building and crews have finished the installation of caissons that will support the bleacher structure.
As of mid-August, the timeline is as follows:
- First home game Sept. 6 – Permanent bleachers to be ready for fans. However, there will still be work to be completed on the rest of the facility.
- Second home game Sept. 27 – Expected completion of the Press box and coaches’ booths,
- Homecoming Oct. 11 – Facility complete and fully on line (sans a few finishing touches) and ready for dedication ceremonies that weekend.
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