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DeSales breaks ground on new $6 million sports complex

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A rendering of the new $6 million athletic complex at DeSales. A rendering of the new $6 million athletic complex at DeSales.
Tuesday's groundbreaking included current and former students and teachers, Archbishop Reverend Joseph Kurtz and three-time Super Bowl Champion Bubba Paris. Tuesday's groundbreaking included current and former students and teachers, Archbishop Reverend Joseph Kurtz and three-time Super Bowl Champion Bubba Paris.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A $6 million athletic facility is coming to DeSales High School. It's a significant move because it will be the first time in nearly 60 years that DeSales will have its own playing field.

Tuesday afternoon, there was a ground breaking and it will give DeSales home field advantage for a change.

"It will be nice for everybody in the community to know that our home games will be here; they're not going to have to be asking around to find out where we are going to play, they'll know it's here," said Alec Brothers.

Tuesday's groundbreaking included current and former students and teachers, Archbishop Reverend Joseph Kurtz and three-time Super Bowl Champion Bubba Paris. Paris is a DeSales graduate and presented the team with a gold football. It is part of the "On the Fifty" campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl. The NFL is presenting commemorative gold footballs to the high school of every player and head coach who has appeared in a Super Bowl.

Meanwhile, the new sports complex will host home games for the school's football, baseball and soccer teams. That's something DeSales student athletes have never experienced.

"Our games are already heated and having home field advantage, it will amplify the intensity," said Chris Mineer, DeSales Soccer Player.

"DeSales will be 60-years-old next year and we've never had a true home field for outdoor sports," said Doug Strothman, DeSales President.

Crews have already started some of the work on a new practice field, the football team is coming off back to back Class 2-A state championships and now, school president Strothman hopes the new stadium will help narrow the gap between DeSales and other private programs.

"There's a lot of progressive schools in town that put up some nice facilities and it is just a gap that we had not filled yet so we are just excited to have that for our students, they deserve that but also our alumni, they deserve that as well," Strothman said.

Meanwhile, the only regret for student athletes is for their classmates who won't be here for the new stadium.

"It is really unfortunate for them but they are responsible for this, they set the ground and help push this thing along," Alex Brothers said. 

Chris Mineer feels the same.

"I am going to dedicate our season to them and to our previous classes that don't get to play on it," he said.

Right now, the football team is still using the practice field but at the end of the year, crews will start the transformation.

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