Through an agreement with Miami Valley Hospital, Bellbrook will rename its athletic stadium Miami Valley South Stadium and will receive funding ($1.5 million) to expand and upgrade its athletic facilities. Improvements will include synthetic turf for David L. Holmes Field, new lights and grandstands and an eight-lane track. A dedication ceremony will take place at 7:15 p.m. prior to kickoff.
The stadium will be named for Miami Valley South Health Center, which opens October 15, south of the intersection of I-675 and Wilmington Pike.
The agreement runs 15 years.
In addition to the funding, MVH will provide sports medicine and athletic training services through hospital trainers and physicians to all students who participate in extra-curricular activities (band included) in the Sugarcreek Local Schools system.
The school hopes to begin the stadium improvements in late 2008 and complete most of the renovations by the beginning of the 2009 fall athletic season.
“The new turf will provide an expanded soccer field with a quality playing surface for football and band events,” SLSD superintendent Dr. Keith St. Pierre said. “The addition of the eight-lane track will allow us to host larger invitational track meets that we couldn’t hold before. The generous commitment from Miami Valley Hospital represents partial funding for needed improvements. We will need to raise at least an additional $500,000 from other sources to completely renovate the Miami Valley South Stadium for our students and the community.”
The agreement is effective at the conclusion of Bellbrook’s 2007 fall athletic season.
Bellbrook’s addition of synthetic turf raises the number of SWBL schools with artificial grass to four. Valley View, Franklin and Lemon-Monroe already play on it.