Suffolk University will have a new athletics facility that it can call home.
Under a partnership with the City of Boston, University athletics teams will use the East Boston Memorial Park for home games with a schedule that does not conflict with East Boston community uses.
"This new partnership with the City of Boston is an exciting one," said Suffolk University President Margaret McKenna. "With the support of Mayor Walsh and his team, Suffolk now will be able to provide opportunities for young people and athletes in East Boston, while at the same time providing the University with a wonderful and easily accessible home-field facility for our athletics program."
In a recent Boston Globe article, John Nucci, senior vice president for External Affairs, said, "It helps us a great deal to have an athletics facility, and if it winds up helping the community, all the better."
As part of the agreement, the University will provide improvements to the East Boston Memorial Park including:
- New electronic baseball and softball field scoreboards
- Additional bleacher seating
- Softball infield improvements
- Two new batting cages
- New training room equipment for East Boston High School and Suffolk University use
- Funding for East Boston High School athletics programs
- Two full Suffolk University scholarships designated for East Boston residents
- Resources for staffing the East Boston Stadium from April to November for East Boston resident and general public use