The Kats Indoor Training Center (KITC) at SUNY Erie Community College’s South
Campus is officially open for business. SUNY Erie President Dr. Dan Hocoy and
County Executive Mark Poloncarz celebrated the opening of the renovated space
with a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.
The 12,320 square foot training facility includes a field built
using re-purposed turf from New Era Field. This project has been a collaboration
between public and private entities with Erie County facilitating the donation
and installation of the turf from the Buffalo Bills to the SUNY Erie Foundation
“The Kats Indoor Training Center highlights the true spirit
of public and private partners working together to create a meaningful space
for community groups. This space would not be possible without the cooperation of
the Buffalo Bills’ organization, in addition to the team from Erie County, who worked
with our Foundation to coordinate details on the installation through local
company A-Turf,” SUNY Erie President Dan Hocoy said.
“I would like to thank all who were involved in the
collaboration on this project, which helps provide improvements to the
facilities made available to SUNY Erie students as well as athletes from
various community organizations. By now offering a turf playing surface for
practices, games and tournaments for a variety of different men’s and women’s
sports 12 months a year we have expanded the athletic facilities available at
the college’s South Campus and it is something that should benefit Erie County
as a whole,” said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.
Dr. Hocoy noted that in addition to giving community groups
and sporting organizations an option for indoor training, the space will also provide
rental income for the College.
The KITC can accommodate multiple sports year-round for
training and league play including football, soccer, baseball, field hockey,
and lacrosse. According to SUNY Erie Athletic Director Steve Mullen, “interest for
the use of the space has been high from organizations like high schools and colleges,
to clubs and travel teams. In addition to training, the space is perfect for
league play and tournaments.” Use of the facility, which is located at 4041
Southwestern Boulevard in Orchard Park, includes access to locker rooms and free
For information about the KITC space, contact Brian Brown at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-851-1216.