Mayor Luis A. Quintana, Municipal Council Vice President Augusto Amador, members of the Newark Municipal Council, Engineering Director Mehdi Mohammadish, and other dignitaries will break ground to begin the renovation of the Ironbound A Field and B Field today, May 9, at 11 a.m., at Ironbound Field A, at St. Charles and Kossuth Streets, and Ironbound B Field, at St. Charles and Komorn Street in the City’s East Ward.
The $11 million cost of the two-phase project to rehabilitate the 50-year-old stadium (Ironbound A Field) and the adjoining athletic fields are being borne by the Hess Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Hess, which recently built a plant in the East Ward, and the NJ Greenacres Foundation, with $1 million coming from the Newark Department of Engineering’s capital budget. The first phase will be environmental remediation of the sites, followed by the actual renovations.
The stadium, which has been closed for 35 years due to environmental hazards, will undergo an environmental remediation to remove PCBs from the site, in cooperation with the Celanese Corporation of North America, the site’s previous owners.
That will be followed by major renovations to install a field for football, soccer, and lacrosse, along with new bleachers, lights, and a concessions stand. Once renovated, it will be made available to East Side High School for their athletic teams, as well as community sports and events.
The Ironbound A Field will receive lights, facilities, and new synthetic turf, whose $200,000 costs are being borne by the National Football League, through the efforts of Ironbound Community Corporation and Newark Local Initiatives Support Corporation. In addition, the parking lot for the stadium will be expanded to provide additional spaces. The Ironbound B Field renovation costs are estimated at $1.5 million.
The effort to remediate the site and restore the entire complex for use was spearheaded by Council Vice President Amador.
The stadium will be named in honor of the late Ironbound resident Eddie Moraes, who worked tirelessly to provide the youth of Newark with opportunities to be responsible citizens through their involvement in sports, particularly soccer.