Pace announced last week it will build a state-of-the-art stadium and track at its current athletics complex in Mableton, which will be ready in time for the 2014 football season. The project will be funded by surplus funds from the school’s $32 million Aim High capital campaign for a new upper school, which exceeded $35 million.
The stadium will be named Walsh Field in honor of Leigh Walsh and Tim Walsh, who both graduated from Pace in 1981 and whose contribution to the Aim High campaign was the largest alumni capital gift in the school’s history.
Pace’s athletic complex is located in Mableton and is six miles from the school’s campus in Buckhead. It currently includes Charlie Owens Baseball Field, a multipurpose field for football, soccer and lacrosse, locker rooms, an athletic training facility and a snack bar.
Walsh Field will be built adjacent to the athletic complex’s multipurpose field in a space now designated as practice fields. It will include bleacher seating, a FIFA-regulation grass field suitable for all sports and a Beynon track.
A memorial service will be held for former Lovett teacher and coach Charlie Oakley at the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton Friday. He died March 25. A reception will be held Saturday at Asheland Cove on 4195 Asheland Overlook in Young Harris for Oakley.