Holy Cross Finds New Home Field in New Agreement with Thomas More College
Holy Cross may finally have a home football field.
The Covington school announced Tuesday an agreement with Thomas More College to use BB&T Field on the Crestview Hills campus as the Indians' home starting next season.
The agreement is contingent upon securing grant support, a news release said. Holy Cross will apply for multiple grants from the National Football League that would help provide financial support to enhance the 10-year old home of the Thomas More Saints.
The matching grants, administered through the NFL Foundation, would specifically support the installation of lights and a new artificial turf surface, the news release said.
The project is estimated to cost $1 million and mist be matched dollar for dollar.
Earlier this month, Holy Cross and Thomas More launched a fundraising campaign in which each must raise $200,000 by October 31 to remain competitive in the grant process.
“Thomas More is excited to partner with Holy Cross High School to apply for the NFL grants, which would enhance BB&T Field and give our student-athletes more opportunities to compete with the addition of lights and a new playing surface,” said Thomas More Athletic Director Terry Connor. “The college is also happy that the partnership with Holy Cross would provide the Indians’ football program a much needed home field.”
Holy Cross has offered football for twenty seasons. In 2011, the school won the Kentucky Class 2A state title. The program has struggled this year, though, and has also bounced around home fields in recent years, including Thomas More, Holmes High School, and Covington Catholic High School fields.
This year's young team is 0-10 heading into the playoffs. Last year, the team went 10-4 and made it to the state semifinals.
Head Coach Bruce Kozerski has been at the helm for 14 seasons and spent 12 years as a player with the Cincinnati Bengals. He will be inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame later this year.
The Cincinnati Bengals have formally endorsed the partnership between Holy Cross and Thomas More, and the Bengals will act as the project sponsor for the NFL grants, a news release said.
Like the Bengals, Thomas More College will mark its 50th anniversary in 2018, so the three entities view this project as significant way to commemorate the shared milestone of both the college and the professional team.
"The addition of lights at BB&T Field offers us the opportunity to play Friday nights," said Korzerski. “This is when high school football is supposed to be played! The community of Thomas More and Holy Cross are proud and very excited to undertake this challenge and look forward to many years of shared excitement as both athletic programs continue their quest for excellence.”
Thomas More College’s football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s lacrosse, men’s and women’s rugby, and men’s and women’s track teams call BB&T Field their home venue.
Given the existing heavy usage of the field and the additional scheduling demands that will be added once Holy Cross begins play, the addition of lighting will add increased opportunities for games and practices in the evening hours.
Currently, more than one thousand area youth use BB&T field in the summer alone for youth camps and club sport practices. Regional high school football programs also use BB&T Field for their summer pre-season camps, and the Special Olympics program hosts events at the site as well. Along with Holy Cross, other Diocese of Covington schools would have the opportunity to use BB&T Field on an “as available” basis for potential playoff games and special occasions if the grant and matching funds are secured.
Photo: Holy Cross takes the field at BB&T Field at Thomas More College earlier this season (Brian Frey/RCN file)