Unison Bank has announced that it is donating $500,000 to the football field and track renovation project on the University of Jamestown campus.

The University of Jamestown and Jamestown Public Schools teamed up for the $11.5 million football field and track renovation project which includes a new turf football field, a nine-lane, 400-meter track, press box, seating and concourse.

“We’re proud of our community bank heritage and the areas we serve,” said Kelly Rachel, Unison Bank president and CEO. “We’ve been blessed and therefore are honored to give back to such an important project in Jamestown. This facility will be a tremendous asset to the Jimmie and Blue Jay athletic programs. In addition, it provides an opportunity to host local, regional and statewide events which benefit our entire community.”

The stadium will be home to the University of Jamestown and Jamestown High School football and track and field. It is slated to open in the fall of 2021.

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“We are so grateful to Unison Bank for their significant contribution to this project,” said Polly Peterson, president of the University of Jamestown. “Jamestown is a special community and this project demonstrates what we can accomplish when we work together. Thank you, Unison Bank, for believing in our community and the multiplier effect this project will have for all of Jamestown.”

This project will offer a direct impact to over 400 student-athletes combined at the University of Jamestown and Jamestown High School competing in football and track and field, said Brett Moser, vice president of development and alumni relations at the university.

Jamestown High School is expected to play its first home football game on Sept. 3 and the University of Jamestown will play on Sept. 11 at the new facility.

“This project is a wonderful collaboration that meets the needs of both UJ and JPS," said Robert Lech, superintendent of Jamestown Public Schools. "The concept was a result of the long-standing relationship between our organizations but was made possible by generous supporters like Unison Bank. We are grateful for this investment in our kids and our community.”

Learn more about the stadium project at www.uj.edu/alumniandfriends.