Work has been completed on a multipurpose synthetic turf field in Locust Point that Under Armour is donating to the city.
The Baltimore-based sports apparel company, which has headquarters in Locust Point, on Tuesday unveiled Banner Field at Latrobe Park, a donation through Under Armour's WIN Baltimore Initiative to give youth greater access to sports. Under Armour did not disclose the donation amount.
Construction of the 89,000-square-foot field started in April and includes a scoreboard, surrounding walk/run path, lighting, tiered seating and parking. The field was built with help of the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation, FIELDS Inc., Lewis Contractors and Sparks at Play.
Digital Harbor High School football team will play all home games on Banner Field, which will continue to be managed by the city Department of Recreation and Parks.
Under Armour also built new flooring, a shade structure and play equipment at the existing playground. Part of the project was paid for through proceeds from Fight Night, an annual fund-raiser sponsored by Under Armour and Washington-based Fight For Children, a nonprofit that focuses on early childhood and K-12 education.
"Baltimore is and always will be our home, and through our donation of Banner Field, we hope to further expand athletic opportunities for the next generation and foster a sense of pride within the amazing young athletes representing our City," Stacey Ullrich, Under Armour's director of corporate giving, said in the company's announcement.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun