Athletic Village Renovations-Field Lighting
For 141 years, University of Detroit Mercy's athletic programs have brought together students, alumni and the community for more than just the thrill of the game. They unite in the seats to cheer on some of the University's most well-rounded students. These athletes discover on the field of play just what they are made of, and in doing so, teach us all a little about ourselves. Every year, our nineteen Division 1 teams provide hundreds of student-athletes the opportunity to represent the school in the community and on the national stage. In victory and defeat, they do this with pride and bring prestige to Detroit Mercy. Truly, they are Titans.
As Detroit Mercy's academic profile rises, so does our ability to attract the best athletes from across the country to our campus. This process starts with an upgrade of our outdoor facilities, because the University knows that outstanding student-athletes competing at a Division 1 school should practice and play on facilities that will bring out their best.
The University's $2.5-million plan is for an Athletic Village that encompasses the Titan Athletic Field on the northeast corner of the McNichols Campus, the track and practice fields nearby. And it all begins with lights. A $500,000 investment in lighting means student-athletes can practice in the evening and the University will be able to schedule night games so we can host tournaments. Just as important, local high schools without sports facilities will have a home field for games, and the community benefits from a stable center of neighborhood activity and entertainment. Local businesses can rely on a steady flow of foot traffic from sports fans coming to watch soccer, lacrosse, high school football and more throughout the year.
The Titans have brought pride to the University and the community since 1877. This project is more than merely an exciting investment in our students - it is an affirmation of the rebirth of the city of Detroit. It is a way to secure the future of Detroit Mercy's Division 1 athletics program and reclaim our place in the community and the renewed life of the city of Detroit.