St. Anthony High School in Long Beach, California, which celebrated its centennial graduating class last year, has completed work on a multimillion-dollar athletic complex.
The Long Beach Press-Telegram reports that the St. Anthony Athletic Complex replaces the old Clark Field, which was gifted to the St. Anthony parish in 1945. But the school was in need of additional space for its boys and girls athletic programs — and for the community.
The facility has been in the works for more than a decade. Work on the project began in 2011, when St. Anthony formed a task force to map out a plan for Clark Field’s revitalization.
Over the next decade, St. Anthony leaders worked to raise an estimated $13 million dollars to pay for the first phase of the project. Construction began in 2021.
The new complex houses much more than just a field: It’s equipped with a 6,000-square-foot team building, new restrooms, grandstands for up to 1,200 people and a new track and turf field.
“It is the extraordinary generosity of our extensive Saints alumni community and philanthropic partners that helped make our dreams come true,” said St. Anthony president Christine Tucker. “The new Saints Athletic Complex stands as a symbol of our commitment to investing in the potential of every student and coach.”