New athletic fieldhouse to open in downtown Port Huron

While students at St. Clair Community College started their fall semester this past Aug. 22, they'll have to wait just a few weeks longer for their brand new fieldhouse to open.

On Monday, Oct. 3, the SC4 Fieldhouse will officially celebrate its grand opening. Events include a ribbon cutting from noon to 1:30 p.m. and a 6:30 p.m. basketball game with the Harlem Wizards, a show performance team.

The SC4 Fieldhouse is a 25,000 sq. ft. sporting arena, community center, and the future home of the Port Huron Sports Hall of Fame. A main competition court for basketball and volleyball is cross-cut by three additional courts for tournaments. Seating capacity will open at 1,500 with an additional 500 seats to be added at a later date. An elevated walking track is also planned later down the line.

For SC4 President Dr. Deborah Snyder, the Fieldhouse isn't just a new gym in downtown Port Huron.

"The SC4 Fieldhouse is more than just a state-of-the-art new facility for our student athletes. It is a community asset that we can all take pride in," Dr. Snyder says in a statement. "This facility is the first of its kind in the Blue Water Area and will host a variety of activities that bring the community together."

In addition to the college's own sports competitions, SC4 hopes the Fieldhouse will draw college, high school, AAU, and youth athletic tournaments, cheerleading and dance competitions, and more. The Fieldhouse will also host SC4 sports camps for area youth.

Four National Junior College Athletic Association basketball tournaments have already been confirmed for March of 2017 and 2018.

The SC4 Fieldhouse is located in the former McMorran Pavilion in downtown Port Huron.

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