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A “field of dreams” officially opens in Canandaigua

They do for Canandaigua City School District residents, students, faculty and administrators who gazed out over Braves Field Thursday night.

May 18 marked the end of a decade-long journey to upgrade athletic fields and resources at Canandaigua Academy, as a grand opening was held to officially launch the district’s new facility.

Three capital project votes and $13.4 million after planning began, the new Home of the Braves athletic complex now includes a new exhibition field, a Section V-compliant track and field, tennis courts, a multi-purpose turf field, stadium seating for 1,000, field lighting, a spacious two-story locker room facility, a shiny new press box, a top-of-the-line concession stand, a two-story equipment storage facility, public restrooms, and a new parking lot accessible by North Road.

“This project is a ten-year dream in the making,” said Board of Education President Jeanie Grimm. “None of this would have happened without the vision and the leadership of our Superintendent, Lynne Erdle.”

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