YSU to add new rec field

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State University community and the Cafaro Family gathered on Monday to break ground for the new Cafaro Family Field on the north side of campus.

The new facility will be located on Elm Street, across from Cafaro House residence hall at YSU.

The $2.5 million field for student intramural and club sports is funded in part through a $1.5 million gift from the Cafaro Family. The gift is part of the $100 million “We See Tomorrow” fundraising campaign, the largest in YSU history.

The field will be used for a variety of student recreational activities, including soccer, lacrosse and ultimate frisbee and is expected to be open in time for the start of the fall semester in August.

Enrollment has been increasing the last four years with resident halls and apartments at capacity with close to 2,300 students.

“With so many more students on campus, we want to make sure that we provide an environment that meets the needs of our students, including recreation,” said Joy Pokabla Byers, YSU director of Campus Recreation.