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Riverhounds announce plans to build new facility in North Huntingdon

Riverhounds SC is announcing a plan for a new, multifield sports complex to be developed in North Huntington Township, Westmoreland County, approximately 20 miles southeast of the Hounds’ Highmark Stadium home in Pittsburgh. 

The new complex will expand the footprint for the Hounds and Hounds Academy, while also adding facilities that will support existing organizations and sports programming in the surrounding community.

“After seeing the way things have thrived since the opening of the AHN Montour Sports Complex in Coraopolis, we couldn’t be more excited to be able to continue that growth with a new facility in North Huntingdon,” Riverhounds owner Tuffy Shallenberger said. 

Shallenberger continued: “This is another major investment to grow soccer in Western Pennsylvania, and the development will also provide a boost to North Huntingdon and the surrounding communities. I want to thank the North Huntingdon Township Board of Commissioners for their support and for making it possible to get this project started.”

The planned development is on a 42-acre property located just off U.S. Route 30, not far from the Norwin Town Square shopping center. When completed, the facility will include a full-size indoor field and multiple full-size outdoor fields suitable for soccer and other sports.

Among the other features included in the planned facility are parking for both the indoor and outdoor fields, lights over the multiple turf fields, a concession stand, and a limited amount of bleacher seating at each outdoor field.

“This new complex will give the Riverhounds and our Academy another top-class facility to compliment our existing homes in Connellsville, Coraopolis and at Highmark Stadium,” said Jeff Garner, Riverhounds president. “North Huntingdon will be a tremendous addition, and we’re eager to bring Riverhounds training and programming closer to so many people in that part of our region.”

John Krysinsky has covered soccer and other sports for many years for various publications and media outlets. He is also author of 'Miracle on the Mon' -- a book about the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, which chronicles the club, particularly the early years of Highmark Stadium with the narrative leading up to and centered around a remarkable match that helped provide a spark for the franchise. John has covered sports for Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pittsburgh Sports Report, has served as color commentator on Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC broadcasts, and worked with OPTA Stats and broadcast teams for US Open Cup and International Champions Cup matches held in the US. Krysinsky also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach at his alma mater, Point Park University, where he led the Pioneers to the first-ever winning seasons and playoff berths (1996-98); head coach of North Catholic boys (2007-08), associate head coach of Shady Side Academy boys (2009-2014).

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