Emory & Henry Plans Fall Opening of Food City Sports Complex

by Billy Chandler

Emory & Henry’s Food City Sports Complex on Track for Fall 2024 Opening

Work on a multi-million-dollar Food City Sports Complex at Emory & Henry College continues on schedule toward phase one completion in time for use by teams this fall.

College administrators report progress in a variety of areas of the construction at the location for the $13.5 million sports facility near exit 26 along Interstate 81. Workers currently are completing work on drainage systems, curbing, electrical infrastructure, and a scoreboard.

All work is expected to be completed by Aug. 1, including the installation of artificial turf, a Mondo brand track, stadium lighting, stadium seats, and a timing system. Completion of a press box is expected by the end of August.

In addition, by Aug. 1, construction crews are expected to complete work on the track, which utilizes materials designed to enhance athletic performance and reduce injury risks. The surface has been used in the design of Olympic track and field venues, including the tracks of the 2024 Summer Olympic Games in Paris.

“We are pleased with the progress toward completion of this new facility,” said Mark Graham, E&H chief of staff. “Workers have been meeting their targets, which are intended to ensure the use of the complex for our fall athletic season.”

The complex will be used by male and female athletes competing in soccer, lacrosse, and track and field. The facility is intended not only to support Emory & Henry DII athletics, but also the youth of the region, according to E&H President John W. Wells.

“We envision opportunities to support one another and to host large tournaments and events throughout the seasons. This will also be an engine for economic impact and growth by increasing the number of visitors to our region who will enjoy lodging, dining, transportation and recreation in Washington County.”

Locally owned Food City provided a lead gift of $4 million toward the completion of the first phase of the project. A second phase of construction will include completion of game-day locker rooms, restrooms and paved parking spaces.

The new complex will be managed by Synergy Sports Global. According to Jason Boudrie, founder and CEO of Synergy, working with Emory & Henry to develop a sports complex allows his company to contribute to the development of a high-caliber athletic program.

Boudrie said, “The opportunity to play a role in shaping the spaces where athletes will compete, train and excel is truly exciting and rewarding. A well-designed sports complex can give them a competitive edge by providing a facility that aligns with the standards and expectations of their new division.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for our athletics department, student-athletes and Emory & Henry,” said Dr. Anne Crutchfield, vice president for athletics. “The complex will attract future students and youth teams to our campus and the region. We hope their families explore the area to take advantage of the recreational amenities we offer in Southwest Virginia and enjoy coming out to support E&H events and other events on our campus.”

Emory & Henry competes in the South Atlantic Conference.

“This is an amazing opportunity for our athletics department, student-athletes and Emory & Henry.
The complex will attract future students and youth teams to our campus and the region.”
—Dr. Anne Crutchfield, Vice President for Athletics.

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  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/png" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png" alt=" Latest print edition of the Fall 2022 E&H Magazine, now online at www.emoryhenry.edu/magazine " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,9000,5700/13146_digmagad-withprint_1.rev.1674077690.png 3x" data-max-w="9000" data-max-h="5700" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online">Emory & Henry College Launches New Online Magazine</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry College is proud to announce the launch of the College’s</span> <i><span style="font-weight: 400;">E&H Magazine </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">website, a complement to the bi-annual publication created by the Office of Marketing and Communications in partnership with the Office of Advancement and the Alumni Office.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2713-emory-henry-college-launches-new-online" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry School of Health Sciences awarded more than 100 advanced healthcare degrees to students in the Clinical Mental Health C..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14314_EH-SHS-Commencement_8-12-23_0724.rev.1691881550.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences">Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences Graduates Record-Breaking Class and Two Inaugural Cohorts</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On Saturday, August 12, at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Va., 103 students graduated from Emory & Henry College’s School of Health Sciences, marking a milestone of the largest graduating class to date. Additionally, the College celebrated the inaugural cohorts of the Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the Doctor of Occupational Therapy. Many other students graduated with a Master of Physician Assistant Studies or a Doctorate of Physical Therapy.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3054-emory-henry-colleges-school-of-health-sciences" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,2131,2133/14196_P1000278.rev.1690896254.jpg 3x" data-max-w="2131" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Hiking the Appalachian Trail in the U.S.</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for hiking a section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The Center for Outdoor Studies at Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3031-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers in the Semester-A-Trail Program, the only program in..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3000,2318/13900_Outdoor_Program-crop-2021-6.rev.1682599843.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3000" data-max-h="2318" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic">Emory & Henry Only College to Offer Academic Credit for Thru-Hiking in the U.S. Two Options now Available for Students</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">From along the Appalachian Trail (A.T.), 25 Emory & Henry students earned college credit while studying in the great outdoors. They participated in the Emory & Henry Semester-A-Trail Program – the only program in the United States that offers college credit for attempting a thru-hike or section of the A.T. with an academic component and training. The College is now taking applications for the spring 2024 cohort of explorers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/2889-emory-henry-only-college-to-offer-academic" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3133-emory-henry-cuts-ribbon-on-newly-built"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg" alt=" Student resident advisors, current residents and administrators pose in front of the new University Apartments at Emory & Henry " width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/83/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2133/14550_UniversityApartments-RibbonCutting-EH_9-12-23_351_5.rev.1694610443.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2133" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3133-emory-henry-cuts-ribbon-on-newly-built">Emory & Henry Cuts Ribbon on Newly Built University Apartments</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After welcoming more than 1,100 students to its Emory, Va. campus, Emory & Henry held a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 12, at University Apartments, its newest apartment-style living complex, adding 96 new beds to its inventory in the fall of 2023. After the ceremony, attendees had the opportunity to tour the new living spaces.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3133-emory-henry-cuts-ribbon-on-newly-built" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>
  • <div class="lw_news_image"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional"><picture class="lw_image"><source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.webp 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 3x" data-origin="responsive"/><img src="/live/image/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg" alt="Emory & Henry was ranked 21 of 135 peer institutions by U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges for 2023-24, offering more than 9..." width="345" height="225" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/4/width/345/height/225/crop/1/src_region/0,0,3200,2130/12964_campus.rev.1671034016.jpg 3x" data-max-w="3200" data-max-h="2130" loading="lazy" data-optimized="true"/></picture></a></span></div><div class="lw_widget_text"><h4 class="lw_news_headline"><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional">Emory & Henry Ranks 21 of 135 Regional University (South) Rankings from U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges</a></h4><div class="lw_news_summary"><p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Emory & Henry had a strong showing in the</span> <strong><i>U.S. News & World Report, Best Colleges for 2023-24</i></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;">, earning the number 21 spot of the Best Colleges amongst 135 peer institutions. Emory & Henry was also ranked #13 for Best Undergraduate Teaching Programs among regional universities in the south and #68 for Social Mobility moving up nine spots amongst its peers.</span></p><a href="/live/news/3147-emory-henry-ranks-21-of-135-regional" class="link-with-arrow gold">Keep reading</a></div></div>