YORKTOWN, N.Y. For C.J. Diven, sports has always been high on his list of interests, and now the Yorktown community will be able to share in his love of sports and his vision to bring a mega athletic complex to northern Westchester.
As part of the Yorktown Athletic Club's official Little League opening Saturday, the outdoor phase, consisting of two multipurpose fields, batting cages and a training facility, of a much larger Yorktown Sports Complex was unveiled at Navajo Field.
"This is a culmination of all the things you like to do," said Diven, a former Yorktown Athletic Club coach who has teamed up with Bruce Adler in the venture that has many town officials buzzing with excitement. "If we could play sports here in Westchester, we can close the gap with everyone else."
The two multipurpose fields, which are suitable to accommodate either a 90-foot baseball diamond or regulation football, soccer and lacrosse fields, take up nearly 10 acres of the almost 50-acre site.
Designs have also been completed for a four-story, 220,000-square-foot indoor sports facility with two seasonally domed fields and multilevel parking for 1,200 vehicles. The first floor will house two hockey arenas and three basketball courts. The second and third floors will accommodate training and conditioning facilities, medical and rehabilitation offices, restaurants, and pro shops. The roof of the building is envisioned to contain two multipurpose fields.
Anthony Yacco of 4D Sports Lab in Mahopac, which was giving demonstrations of some of the enhanced performance services it offers for athletes 12 years and older, is proud to be associated with the complex.
"This is going to be cool stuff," said Yacco, a 10th-round draft pick of the San Francisco Giants in 1999.
In the planning stages for more than four years, the Yorktown Sports Complex still needs approvals from the Yorktown Town Board and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Once those are received, Diven estimated, the project could be completed in 18 months.
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