In 2002 as Seton Hill University transitioned to a coeducational institution, it experienced a significant male enrollment supported by a strong interest in sports participation. To respond to growing athletic and recreation demands, the University developed competition fields, training and fitness facilities ad hoc to satisfy needs as they arose. Needs that could be met on campus were addressed by leasing facilities including the local high school stadium for football competitions.
Seton’s Athletic and Recreation staff recognized the need for an immediate and long-range strategy to address the improvement of existing facilities and the expansion of athletic and recreation components. The University engaged Hastings+Chivetta to develop a Facilities Master Plan. The scope of work included an analysis of the University’s outdoor fields, assessment of indoor facility conditions and a study of the relationship between the athletic and recreation components.
Recommendations to meet immediate needs include adding low-maintenance fields, press boxes, spectator seating and lighting to several fields, as well as increasing stadium accessibility.
Long-term plans include consolidating athletic departmental and team offices adjacent to the fields, a new athletic and recreation center, a new football stadium and field house renovations.