City reaches funding milestone for indoor sports training facility

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The city is looking to build the facility at the Rochester Community and Youth Sports Complex on Smith Street. (WHAM photo)

Rochester, N.Y. – A proposed indoor sports training facility in the city has hit a milestone.

The city is looking to build the facility at the former PAETEC Park/Sahlen's Stadium at Oak and Smith Streets.

It will be called the Rochester Community and Youth Sports Complex.

In addition to an upgraded stadium, it will include an indoor facility with multi-purpose courts, a turf training area, weight room, batting cages, classroom and trainer's room and locker rooms. From April 1 through December, the complex would be used for community and school sporting events, sports camps, and clinics.

The 25,000-square-foot indoor facility will be located inside a former warehouse adjacent to the stadium.

Mayor Lovely Warren said Monday the project is now fully funded, thanks to a grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation.

"I am extremely proud that the City of Rochester is providing this wonderful opportunity to our youth and our entire community," Warren said.

Sports teams from Rochester City schools will have access to the complex on weekdays. It will also be available for outside groups to use.

Three full-time employees and four part-time support staff would be hired to work at the complex.

The complex is expected to be used year-round and is slated to open in the fall.