PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Allegheny Health Network and Pittsburgh Riverhounds are teaming up to build a massive new sports health complex in western Pennsylvania.
According Highmark Health officials, the AHN Montour Health + Sports Medicine Center will be located in Coraopolis next to the Montour Trail.READ MORE: 5,000-6,000 Gallons Of Gas Spilled Into Washington County Stream
“There is no doubt in my mind that this sports complex is going to be something so unique for this region and for our country actually,” Highmark Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs Dan Onorato said.
“Not only the Riverhounds are going to benefit from this, but also the community, the kids,” Riverhounds owner Tuffy Shallenberger said. “I do a lot of traveling with the kids for soccer and go to a lot of different venues, and what this venue is going to offer, will compete, if not be the best in the country. It’s going to be right there with the best of them.”
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The 78-acre complex will have 10 turfed soccer and multi-purpose fields, both indoor and outdoor, and a 20,000-square-foot AHN medical facility.READ MORE: Liquor Control Board Report Reveals Unflavored Vodka As Top-Selling Drink In Pennsylvania
The medical building will specialize in orthopedics, sports medicine, diagnostic care, pediatrics and walk-in primary care.
Rain kept everyone from the actual site Wednesday, but a symbolic groundbreaking was held at Highmark Stadium — home of the Riverhounds.
Local officials, Allegheny Health and Highmark leaders and both Riverhound and youth soccer players attended.
The Allegheny Health Network is the official medical provider for the Riverhounds, who will have a practice site for the team’s development academy at the new facility.
“This is all in keeping with our plans to push care out into the community,” Allegheny Health Network CEO Cynthia Hundorfean said.MORE NEWS: Police: Brackenridge Homeowner Finds Man At Kitchen Table Eating Ice Cream On Thanksgiving Day
The medical center and some fields will be completed next summer. The remaining fields will be finished in 2021.