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Athletic dome planned for SUNY Schenectady grounds

Black Watch to lease site for soccer, basketball

September 1, 2020

BY PETE DEMOLA, The Daily Gazette

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — Can you kick it?

Albany-based soccer club Black Watch Premier is planning to build an athletic complex at SUNY Schenectady.

The facility will occupy the green space behind the college hemmed in between I-890 and the Mohawk River, a 12-acre parcel officials contend has long been underused.

Preliminary plans call for a dome with an indoor soccer field and four basketball courts as well as several outdoor soccer fields, including three each of artificial turf and natural grass, county Attorney Chris Gardner wrote in a memo to county officials.

Volleyball facilities are also planned. Few additional details are available, including the timeline and project costs.

“It really takes an area that’s underutilized and turns it into an asset for us,” said Schenectady County Legislature Majority Leader Gary Hughes.

Black Watch will enter into a 25-year lease agreement with the county, which will retain ownership of the site.

While it once hosted track and baseball, the site is currently not being used for those sports (but is open for pedestrian and bicyclist use).

The county Legislature’s Economic Development and Planning Committee voted Monday to set a public hearing for a local law to authorize the lease agreement, a precursor for the deal.

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