Imagine playing football, soccer, baseball or softball on one of our fields, running in our very own track invitational, cheering in the stands with new-found friends, marching on the field with the band, or leading our National Anthem. No matter what your interests are, our entire community will be part of the competitions and celebrations.
|Artist Renderings. Click to view larger image.|
McNicholas High School is entering a new phase in our school’s history. Recently, a tremendous amount of effort has been put forth toward the building of our home football field, Penn Station Stadium, and a new athletic complex. Current students and their families as well as alumni and their parents have contributed to this endeavor.
The contributions received so far have made it possible to build an all-purpose turf field, to install a new scoreboard, and to begin the installation of bleachers accommodating over 2,000 attendees, and a state of the art press box. Still, we have been hoping for the day when more could be done to make the area known as Paradise a first-class facility for our athletes, their fans, and our entire school community.
Thanks to two recent donations, as well as numerous donations from area businesses and friends of McNicholas, that day is here. Beginning this spring, development of the complex will continue which includes:
As we continue to raise funds for the stadium and athletic complex, further development is planned, including the concession stand shown in the artist’s renderings.
Support Project Paradise
Additional financial support is needed to complete Project Paradise and provide an outdoor athletic complex that parallels those of our surrounding schools and competitors. The Project Paradise Committee will seek as potential contributors those individuals, organizations, and businesses who feel strongly about the school and the benefit that high school sports provides for students.
To donate to Project Paradise online, click on the donate button. For additional information concerning donations, please contact the Development Office at 231-3500 x5850.
You can also help support Project Paradise by purchasing a booklet of McDonald's coupons. Each booklet costs $5 and the coupons never expire! Call or e-mail Betsy Pharo (513-515-5555) to purchase or to volunteer to sell at football games, soccer games, basketball games, baseball games, etc.
The Project Paradise Committee
Project Paradise is the vision of a group of committed alumni, parents, friends of the school and members of the community whose goal is to provide Archbishop McNicholas High School with a first class outdoor athletic stadium. The Project Paradise Committee, along with many generous supporters, has provided our student athletes with a spectacular home field advantage.
History of Project Paradise
Construction began November 23, 2009 and the initial phase was completed in early October 2010. Phase I included the enlargement of the previous practice field and installation of an all-weather artificial turf field and goalposts for football and soccer. The base asphalt layer has been laid for a 400-meter, eight lane track surrounding the field. A state of the art scoreboard has been installed at the North end of the field.
McNicholas held the inaugural football game at Penn Station Stadium on October 16, a beautiful, sunny Saturday afternoon. Over 3000 students, parents, alumni and friends of McNicholas celebrated one of the greatest days in McNicholas High School history. The Homecoming crowd enjoyed the festivities throughout the day which included multiple pre-game tailgate gatherings, a 44-8 win over Purcell Marian by the 2010 GCL Central Division Champs and a post-game celebration catered by Rocket alums from Penn Station, LaRosa’s, Pelican’s Reef, Salem Gardens and FlipDaddy's.
We are very grateful to Penn Station, Inc. and Jeff Osterfeld, Class of 1978, for a major gift to initiate Penn Station Stadium and Project Paradise. In addition, we are grateful to our alumni donors at Total Quality Logistics, to alumni Phil and Marilyn Finn, to long-time McNick supporters, Tom and Susie Siemers, and to the “Men of McNick” who have made significant contributions. We are also most sincerely thankful to Dr. Denver Stanfield and Greg Rudolph for their support and leadership of Project Paradise.
For additional information concerning Project Paradise, please contact Director of Athletics Rob Heise at 231-3500 x5807.