LORDSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – The Lordstown Local School District is getting a big benefit from the Lordstown Energy Center. 

The district is already getting financial contributions for school operations through an agreement with the Energy Center. Tuesday, the district announced that it is also getting a new playing facility for the soccer and track teams earlier than expected.

The Lordstown Energy Center will make a $1 million donation in February, instead of September. That will allow the district to build a new soccer field, surrounded by an 8-lane all-weather track.

The field is expected to be finished next fall, in time for the soccer season.

Lordstown soccer player Kaylynn Higinbotham said the new facility is more than needed, because the team has been playing on an old grass field.

“I’m more than excited. It’s a really cool experience to get something new in the little town of Lordstown,” she said.

Superintendent Terry Armstrong said it’s an exciting time for students.

“Students have always asked about, you know, ‘We don’t have a track,’ and ‘We can’t host events like other schools,’ and ‘Our soccer fields just doesn’t measure up to other schools that we compete with,’ so we always kept that in mind, so when the opportunity came where the Energy Center could fill that need, we’re happy to say that it’s going to be filled now,” he said.

The first phase will be to build the soccer field and track. A building for concessions and storage will then be added.