Scene Magazine | Summer 2018
Ongoing upgrades to SAU athletics facilities continue this fall when the Fighting Bees football team takes up residence in a new locker room, storage and office facility at the St. Vincent's Athletics Complex.
Head football coach Mike Magistrelli '03 MEd calls the facility "a one-stop shop" for the team's practice-day workouts.
"For a ‘small-time' college football program, this is a big-time facility," the veteran coach said. "It is certainly exciting to see St. Ambrose take this step."
The facility will provide walk out access to the practice fields at the SVAC, along with an onsite training room and laundry room, and, most importantly, two large locker rooms-one for offense, one for defense- with more than 90 lockers each.
Equipped with WiFi-enabled large-screen televisions, the locker rooms also will serve as meeting spaces and film rooms. The junior varsity squad, which uses the SVAC field for home contests, also will use the space.
"Combined with the new practice field, the Ambrose Dome and the new Wellness and Recreation Center, this certainly is another chip in the recruiting game," Magistrelli said. "I think it will make our work as coaches easier. I think it will make the experience of the players more enjoyable. It's a tremendous upgrade in facilities and obviously something we're ecstatic about."
The new facility is part of the ongoing growth of the SVAC in partnership with Assumption High School.