“What I’m most excited about is the impact that this arrangement will have on the area five years from now,”said J.D. Pabis, superintendent of the Auburn Enlarged City School District. “We have lost shows andtournaments in this region because we don’t have turf fields.
By having these two stadiums equipped withartificial turf, we will attract these large venue events to the area, and money will stream into such area
businesses as hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and shops.”
The College and the school district are seeking ways to collaborate and share costs, including possibly sharingmaintenance equipment for the turf fields, storage, locker rooms, and concession stands.
“This doesn’t happen a lot in athletics, but I am happy to say this truly is a win
win,” said Co
Director Pete Liddell. “I’m happy that we could partner with the school district in this way. It benefits Spartan
athletes, of course, but the fields will also be used by community organizations across the region.”
The arrangement with the College will enable the district to move forward with the turfing without burdeningthe taxpayers or requiring their vote.
The district’s land gift to the College will enable the land
-locked college to limit the impact and help preservethe popular 25 acres of nature trails behind the Auburn Campus. The new stadium is expected to affect less
than one acre of the nature trails, and won’t disrupt any of the ponds. The main entrance to the trails and the
work-out equipment will likely be moved east toward the Nature Center.Although the stadium will take away approximately 50 out of 972 parking spots, the College is exploring theuse of a former tennis court as an added parking area, which could add approximately 56 spaces.The announcement of Dr. Karp
inski’s gift kicks off a series of steps to move the project forward. The College is
working with the school district on finalizing the detailed arrangements of the land-turf exchange. Resolutionswould need to be approved by the College Board of Trustees and the Cayuga County Legislature. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on a resolution during its June 12 meeting in the Auburn High School Library. If all of the boards approve the arrangement, the proposal would go to SUNY to be included in its capital budgetrequest to New York State.
“Through this stadium, we have the opportunity to serve student
-athletes for years to come, helping to instillin them the life lessons found in athletic competition: teamwork, leadership, fair play, sacrifice, discipline, and
lifelong wellness,” Larson said.
About the Donors
In 1952, Auburn native and respected oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Sr. entered a two- year residency at Jersey City Medical Center, where he met his future wife, Floryanna (Honey) Lesczynski, anursing student from Plains, Pa. In 1956, Honey and Joe married in Plains, Pa. and settled in Auburn, N.Y.
Both Joe and Honey came from large Polish families who believed that education was integral to an individual’ssuccess, and they instilled that into their own children. The couple’s six children all launched successful
professional careers: Dr. Joseph F. Karpinski Jr., a family dentist and his wife Leslie of Scottsville, N.Y.; Dr. John