YCDSB celebrates groundbreaking of Markham Sports Dome at Father Michael McGivney CA

The York Catholic District School Board is proud to announce that construction has begun on a domed soccer facility at Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy. An official ground-breaking ceremony was held on Monday, June 15, 2015 with members from all of the organizations who have contributed to the future facility.

The facility, which will be called the Markham Sports Dome, will be constructed and operated thanks to a partnership agreement between the York Catholic District School Board and First Service Tennis Management Inc. (FSTM), an indoor sports management group. The construction costs of the soccer dome will be covered by FSTM, which will have access to the field after school hours, on weekends and on non-school days. This partnership is similar to agreements the York Catholic board has with community and municipal organizations at other high school sites.

"This partnership creates a unique, fiscally responsible opportunity to provide our students and school communities with an enhanced, state of the art, year-round sports facility at Father Michael McGivney," said Patricia Preston, Director of Education, York Catholic District School Board. “We are proud to partner with FSTM on this project, which will also be of great value to the Markham community.”

“The Markham Sports Dome is a great example of the success that can be achieved in the development of Public-Private Partnerships. This new indoor facility is a win for the students, the school board, and the community as a whole. The support from the YCDSB and the City of Markham has been outstanding and key to getting this project off the ground,” said Edward Skrobal, President, FSTM. “We look forward to many years of working with our partners and providing a much needed facility to the local citizens of Markham.”

“Councillor Kanapathi and I are pleased to have helped facilitate moving this wonderful project forward. It’s a win-win for the school and broader-based community,” said Markham Councillor, Don Hamilton.

The new domed indoor soccer facility is expected to be approximately 320 feet by 220 feet in size. Construction began in April and is expected to continue throughout the summer so that the facility will be ready when students return to school in the fall.