The development of the St. Vincent’s property by St. Ambrose University is essential for meeting the athletic and recreational needs of a robust student body. The proposed stadium, track, and practice fields are modest and appropriate facilities for this property, and necessary for SAU to keep pace with its peer universities. SAU’s 23 highly successful varsity sports involve 750 dedicated student athletes — over 30 percent of the student body! The current facilities are outdated, and sorely need to be brought closer to today’s standards. The proposed new facilities will also be available for the recreational benefit of all SAU students. Such amenities are fundamental in attracting top notch students to SAU and the QC, and in assuring the sustenance of SAU’s $188 million annual economic impact to the QC region. If we can’t provide a college experience competitive with similar universities in the region, we risk a declining enrollment. These improvements will help to ensure the success, longevity and health of St. Ambrose University and the outstanding higher education they provide to boost our community’s appeal.
St. Ambrose intends to share use of the facilities with neighboring Assumption High School. High schools throughout the state and region enjoy outstanding athletic facilities on their campuses. It makes good economic sense that two fine institutions, in such close proximity, gain maximum benefit from these facilities.
This project is vital to SAU and will be great for the entire community.
Barbara Bush Johnson
St. Ambrose University Trustee