Cy Donnelly Field in South Huntington now has a press box worthy of the venue.
The turf field on the grounds of St. Anthony’s High School replaced an older structure with the new 12-by-36-foot press box at a cost of $165,000, according to Director of Development Don Corrao.
It debuted in time for the historic season opener against New Jersey power Bergen Catholic on Sept. 7. The most remarkable part of it all is the new construction wasn’t even on the radar until an alumnus offered up the idea in July.
“It was through the generosity of an alum who stepped forward and asked what he could do to help the football program and St. Anthony’s,” Corrao said.
It moved from inception to design in a week’s time. The Town of Huntington stepped in to get the project approved quickly. And so a six-week construction schedule pushed the press box to completion by early September.
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“It obviously provides members of the media a great view and ample space up top for cameras,” Corrao said.
It’s merely the latest upgrade on campus. The school constructed a turf baseball field and 140,000-square-foot Student Center in 2009. A chapel with an Italian alter was also added around the same time.