YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The soccer field being built as part of Youngstown State University's new outdoor sports complex may soon have a name.
The vision of dirt piles and construction equipment currently filing the lot across from Stambaugh Stadium may not seem like much, but considering what was once there and what is yet to come it's already gaining attention.
"All we have done so far is to deal with some dirt and infrastructure," said YSU President Dr. Cynthia Anderson. "It's amazing how many compliments we have already gotten about cleaning up that area."
The more than $4 million project that will result in a new sports complex received its first official donation of $500,000 compliments of Farmers National Bank.
The bank's contribution to the sports complex will likely be recognized with naming rights of the soccer field. It will be known as Farmers National Bank Field pending the approval of the YSU Board of Trustees.
"As a community bank we look for opportunities to give back," said Farmers National Bank President John Gulas. "This has just been a unique opportunity for us to give back to Youngstown State University."
The sports complex should be complete by next summer. The facility will include a soccer field, softball field and all weather track.
The fields will be used not only by YSU sports teams, but intramural sports and high schools that may use the field for tournaments and other events.