Greenville's new Wayne HealthSports/Orthopedic Associates Greenville Field House. (Dennis Young photo)

More than just a new field house

Greenville can take pride in hosting teams to outdoor sporting events

GREENVILLE – With the dedication of the new Wayne HealthSports/Orthopedic Associates Greenville Field House there is much more than meets the eye for Greenville.

Playing in the prestigious Miami Valley League (MVL) Greenville now matches up with Piqua, Sidney, Butler, Troy and more when it comes to turf, locker rooms, public restrooms, concession stand, training room, coach’s offices and a boosters sales office with the completion of phase two of the Green Wave outdoor sports complex.

The phase two addition goes far beyond the turf, locker rooms, concessions and all the field house brings to Green Wave sports.

“It is important to me that we’re a good host,” said Greenville Athletic Director, Aaron Shaffer. “We obviously want our kids and coaches to have nice facilities but when other teams and other communities come into our facility we want to treat them with the respect that they deserve and part of that is our officials.”

“When officials come in on any given night, might be a soccer match or middle school football game or varsity football, even track meets we’ll have a place for those people to go. Our officials sometimes are traveling an hour, hour and a half and sometimes up to two hours away. They don’t want to drive here in their gear so we’ll have a nice locker room to put them in with restrooms and showers and a place for them to go at halftime where they can debrief and talk and get some water, Gatorade.”

“It is going to be great for them. We now have a top of the line facility in all aspects. It’s going to be neat, especially the football officials,” Shaffer continued. “I know most of them from my days coaching so to be able to talk and joke around with them – I’ll be able to send an email and tell them I know you’ve been here before but we’re not putting you in the school anymore, we’re not putting you in the maintenance barn, we have a locker room for you. They’ll be excited and they will be interested in seeing it just like everyone else.”

“The officials and opponents are really going to appreciate coming in with the upgrades,” said Greenville City Schools Superintendent, Doug Fries. “They are going to help us to spread the word about what we are trying to do here in Greenville.”

“We are really happy with the league we play in and we enjoy going to the schools we go to,” Fries added. “We want to host them well when they come here.”

Fries understands the importance of excellent sporting event facilities for the school’s athletes having been a head varsity basketball and head varsity baseball coach for the Green Wave.

“It is great for the kids with a locker room but it is also great for a community to have a sense of pride with the improvements,” Fries said.”

Mr. Fries noted that the old Harmon Field Stadium that has housed the concession stand, restrooms, storage and more is now 99-years old having been constructed in 1923; a state of the art facility at that time.

“Ninety-Nine years ago our forefathers built what was state of the art,” Fries noted. “They did a great job.   That’s why it’s important with each phase that we do we want to do it right with the renovations. If we do that, or add turf, or build a new school or field house, we want to do it right so it lasts that well and as long again.”

“We’ve had to work hard at this in phases and life is about working hard,” continued Fries. “You really appreciate good things when you have to work hard and sometimes doing phases there is a great appreciation for the dedication. I feel great for Greenville to get this opportunity.”

Field House Facts and Items of Interest:

The Field House in approximately 8,724 square foot building foot print

Approximately 10,000 square feet plus of metal roofed area. This includes three foot overhangs, 25-feet tall at the peak of the roof.

Approximately 250 cubic yards of building foundation and concrete slab poured and placed, with an additional 260 cubic yards of new exterior concrete pavement abutting to the Field House Facility.

18,386 Structural Concrete Masonry Block used at all interior and exterior walls.

1,764 4-inch Split-Faced Block exterior wainscot veneer

13,065 exterior Brick Veneer units

201 Football and Double-Tier Metal Athletic Lockers with a custom maple wook bench seat installed on front of the lockers distributed in (four) Locker Rooms, and the Coaches and Shared Office

Training Room

Heating and cooling of the facility is serviced by (six) Furnaces, (six) AC units with (four) Energy Recovery units for “year-round” comfort and sue of the facility.

Public ADA Restroom Facilities include a Family Restroom with (one) lavatory sink, and (1) water closet.

A Men’s Restroom with (six) lavatory sinks, (10) urinals, and (four) water closets

A Women’s Restroom with (eight) lavatory sinks, and (17) water closets. ADA Toilet accessories, with high-density Toilet Partitions included in all Restrooms including automatic “touchless” hand dryers. A baby changing station is included in all Public Restrooms.

The Locker Rooms, Coaches and Shared Office include a total of (11) showers, (nine) Lavatory Sinks, (eight) water closets, (two) water fountains with touchless water bottle filler for the athletes.

The large Concession area on the west side of the Field House includes (five) aluminum roll up doors with plenty of access, and a Booster Sales Office located on the south-west corner of the Field House.

 

 

 

Greenville City Schools Athletic Director, Aaron Shaffer accepts key to new Wayne HealthSports/Orthopedic Associates Greenville Field House from school board president, Mark Libert (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Greenville Superintendent, Doug Fries addresses guests at dedication of the new Wayne HealthSports/Orthopedic Associates Greenville Field House. (Gaylen Blosser photo)
Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser

Gaylen Blosser / Publisher

Gaylen Blosser is a sports enthusiast and has covered high school sports for nearly 20 years in Southwest Ohio. Gaylen has been a media sportswriter while most recently serving as Sports Editor for the local newspaper and will now serve as editor of Darke County Now while continuing to cover athletics. Gaylen is an accomplished photographer who has captured thousands of athletes in action over the years and is the recipient of the OHSAA Friends of Athletes Award and OHSAA Respect the Game State Award. Contact Darke County Now Editor Gaylen Blosser at gblosser@darkecountynow.com or 937-459-9547.

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