Saint Ignatius College Prep to expand athletic facilities
August 4, 2017

By Igor Studenkov

Saint Ignatius College Prep will build new athletic facilities across the street at 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd., the former site of the Provision Theatre.

Saint Ignatius College Prep, a co-educational high school at 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd., has announced plans to rebuild and expand its athletic facilities.

New facilities will be located at 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd., the former site of Provision Theatre across the street from the school, which already has some athletic fields. The project would add more tennis courts, improve the existing baseball field, and add two practice fields and a larger soccer field with a running track.

According to Ryan Bergen, the school’s director of development, as with the existing facilities, the public as well as Saint Ignatius students will have access to the new fields. “The school will…continue to make the [existing and new] spaces available for our partners in the community,” Bergen said.

The school has won recognition for its quality education, which includes athletics and the Roman Catholic faith and Jesuit values that form the keystone to the school’s approach to teaching and school organization. Its history dates back to 1870.

Saint Ignatius’s athletic department offers a wide range of sports: cross country, hockey, golf, soccer, bowling, tennis, volleyball, basketball, swimming and diving, baseball, rugby, softball, lacrosse, tennis, and water polo. Students participate in eight club sports and 26 interscholastic sports. About 65% of Saint Ignatius students participate in athletics.

Sports teams at Saint Ignatius, nicknamed the Wolfpack, belong to the Chicago Catholic League, Girls Catholic Athletic Conference, and Metro Catholic Aquatics Conference, operating under the Illinois High School Association’s rules.

The land for the new facilities is bordered by Roosevelt Road, Blue Island Avenue, Maxwell Street, and Morgan Street. Workers will build a larger soccer field with the track on the lot’s east side, where tennis courts and parking spaces currently are located. The practice fields will be located on the lot’s north side, while the tennis court will move to an area along Blue Island Avenue.

Bergen said details may change as the project moves forward.

He explained that building the new facilities resulted from increased demand.

“The new space will provide much needed facilities for our field sports to practice and compete: soccer, field hockey, track, football, lacrosse, etc.,” Bergen said.

The fields will give the athletic department more flexibility.

“The new spaces will also allow for lower level games and practices to take place right after school and will keep these from having to take place later in the evening as they currently do,” Bergen said.

Bergen noted officials expect the new facility to cost around $5 million, and Saint Ignatius intends to secure resources through a fundraising campaign. The new facilities would be phased in over two years; timing depends on how soon the school can raise the necessary funds, Bergen said.

Heneghan Wrecking hauled off the last remnants of the former Provision Theatre in May.

According to management of the Atheneaum Theatre, which hosted Provision Theatre Company’s most recent play this past spring at 2936 N. Southport Ave., Provision no longer has a permanent facility. Provision Theater did not respond to Gazette Chicago’s request for comment.

The building also formerly hosted the Village Leadership Academy elementary school. The school has moved to 800 S. Wells St.

Saint Ignatius College Prep’s mission is educating a diverse student body of young men and women for lives of faith, love, service, and leadership, challenging its students to intellectual excellence, integrity, life-long learning and growth, and social justice.

For more information, call (312) 421-5900 or log on to www.ignatius.org.