As principal of Notre Dame, it is important that I share with you the future direction being pursued regarding our new athletic campus. At this moment we are moving ahead to continue to secure funds and develop the fields located at the Pioneer Parkway and Allen Road location. Our plans have not changed in our continued desire to create the finest athletic facilities in the Peoria area for your daughters and sons.
These facilities will be exactly what we need for our athletic teams – many of which have become regional, sectional and state champions in recent years. As the top academic school in the Peoria area, it is only fitting that we have athletic facilities commensurate with Notre Dame’s outstanding reputation.
In part, I bring you this news so that you will know first-hand how promising the future will eventually be for students who attend Notre Dame. But, I also share this news to clear up recent rumors and any misconceptions on social and public media about the possibility that Notre Dame would purchase the old Peoria Stadium complex on east War Memorial Drive currently owned by District 150.
While we are aware of the interest some may have in the Peoria Stadium, this complex will not adequately serve or accommodate all our teams, students, fans and alumni in the manner we would like without a major and expensive overhaul. The stadium complex was built more than 100 years ago and is in need of major repairs to its structure, roofs, parking lots, fields, lighting and life safety.
When we add the millions of dollars for restoration and repair and the additional need to still purchase the complex from District 150, it becomes prohibitively expensive. Not to mention, we would still have on-going maintenance of a 100 year old facility.
After consultation with Bishop Daniel Jenky and the Diocesan Office of Catholic Schools, they advised that the decision to move forward on at the Pioneer Parkway and Allen Road location was in the best interest of our high school. I also strongly believe that this is the correct decision for you, our families and the future of Notre Dame.
The future does look bright and I hope to share our progress with you on this project as we move along. As always, I appreciate your wonderful support. May God Bless you and GO IRISH!