With hundreds of CJ students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters in attendance, President Dan Meixner '84 announced "what's next" for the CJ community with the development of Roger Glass Stadium, Home of the Chaminade Julienne Eagles.
“As a Catholic school sponsored by the Marianists and Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, our primary objective for this facility was to invest in a place that would expand growth and leadership opportunities for young people from every corner of the region,” said Dan Meixner, CJ president. “Ever since we developed what is now Blue Green Field in 2008, many of our community members have imagined a stadium in its place. Because of tremendous support, it is exciting to now make that dream a reality. This is something special.”
The downtown Dayton multipurpose competition venue will be located at the corner of Longworth and Eaker Streets and is poised to serve the Greater Dayton region. Immediate stadium seating stands at 2,150 with two ticket booth gateways to accommodate capacity crowds, and a 99,600 sq. ft. field large enough to host professional soccer games in addition to football and lacrosse competitions.
Roger Glass '60, who was present at the announcement, shared his vision for the stadium with the school development team. And, because of his lead gift, the school has raised $6 million to fund the project beyond the goal of the LIFT campaign.
"We have had this great LIFT campaign," said Glass. "We have great academics here at CJ, absolutely the best. The time is now to have another great addition to this community."
In addition to the stadium, the west campus development will include an exterior concourse leading to the main gateway, a plaza for community events, and an 80,600 sq. ft. practice field adjacent to the stadium. Both fields will eliminate travel time to off-site practices and home games, and project planners anticipate a swelling of school pride and Eagle spirit when the community’s new home begins to emerge on campus.
Glass reminisced, “When I was a student here, we would hold band practices at the Sears parking lot across town and the football team would practice in fields and parks across the river. I now realize the additional time that our parents had to spend in affording us the opportunity to be part of a team. Our sense of community and school spirit was always strong, but we never had that feeling of ownership of the place, of being able to open up our own home to others. Now we will be able to provide that sense of welcome so true of CJ.”
As a member of the LIFT-Leading In Faith Today steering committee, Glass was inspired by the effort’s vision — the regeneration and elevation of the school on multiple levels. He appreciated the wide and overwhelming support of the community as well as the numerous contributions of individuals and school partners who were making lead gifts to accomplish LIFT priorities. Seeing how quickly the school was nearing the LIFT goal of $20 million, Glass shared his own idea of how the school could bring to life this community dream much sooner than the school's 2004 master campus plan anticipated.
“I am extremely excited to be part of this historical effort by the CJ community and to take part in the overall elevation of our campus. I am proud for what CJ is already accomplishing, and for what these advancements will mean for our students and the Dayton community,” said Glass.
While attending Chaminade High School from 1956 to 1960, Glass participated in the marching band and was a four-year member of the speech and debate club. After graduation, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton. He began his career as a teacher in Catholic elementary schools, then joined the family business, Marion’s Piazza, founded by his father, Marion, in 1965. Roger continues to own and operate Marion's, which now has nine area locations, is recognized by national trade publications, and is regularly voted as a hometown favorite in local publications and surveys.
Meixner and school leadership are appreciative for the new opportunities the complex will bring in addition to high school athletics and band.
“When we opened the Student Conditioning Center in 2010, we did not anticipate how frequently the facility would be used by area youth teams and community STEM programs, as well as our own educational, ministry, and services programs. We can only begin to imagine the opportunities our new fields and spaces will provide to the greater community,” said Meixner. “We are already planning how events like Reunion Weekend, summer camps, athletic tournaments and band performances can be held in these inspiring new spaces. I am confident that our community and school partners will join with Roger in imagining even greater possibilities for what is yet to come.”
The announcement for the west campus project was made shortly after the ribbon-cutting of the school’s Building One. Renovations to that building were announced in January as part of the school’s LIFT campaign. The $20 million initiative also produced the CJ STEMM Center in 2013, a remodeled gym in 2014, and Eagle Tennis Center in 2011, the school’s first outdoor competition venue. Shook Construction is serving as the general contractor for the project while MSA Sport, the official architect of the Cincinnati Reds, is serving as the design and architect team. The stadium is scheduled to be complete by fall 2016.
CJ In The News!
Click the media affiliate below to read their report on this exciting announcement!
- Catholic Telegraph- Chaminade Julienne Announces Plans for Home Football Stadium
- Dayton Business Journal- Chaminade Julienne Plans New $6 Million Athletic Facility
- Dayton Business Journal- Q&A Dan Meixner on CJ's Surprise Stadium Announcement
- Dayton Daily News- CJ to build Roger Glass Stadium
- My Dayton Daily News- CJ unveils $6M athletic complex
- My Dayton Daily News- CJ to Call Roger Glass Stadium its Own
- Downtown Dayton Partnership- CJ Announces New Stadium Will Be Part of Campus Enhancements
- WDTN- New Stadium for Chaminade Julienne Coming
- WHIO- CJ to Build Roger Glass Stadium
- WKEF/WRGT- Chaminde Julienne to Build New Stadium Downtown
Additionally, the Dayton Daily News took a look at several area Catholic schools expanding, including CJ. You can find that article here.
Click the picture below to watch President Dan Meixner and Bro. Ray Fitz talk about the development of Roger Glass Stadium on WDTN's Five on 2 program.