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More to Sports: Home of the Comets

Palomar College athletics has quite a few staff members who, when their job is done right, often go unnoticed. The facilities and complexes used to make sure players, coaches and fans have the optimal experience.

History of Palomar Athletics

 

Palomar wasn’t always able to accommodate its own games and competitions. Palomar’s first athletic competition is believed to have taken place at Vista High School rather than the main campus we now know in San Marcos, Calif. Since then, Palomar has earned national, state, regional and conference championships in over 20 different sports.

Prop M and Its Affect on Palomar’s Athletic Facilities

Proposition M was approved in 2006 to revamp and add new structures so multiple Palomar College campuses. Palomar’s athletic facilities were originally approved to receive almost $97 million in funding, but has since been cut to around $50 million, limiting the amount of changes that can be made, according to Athletic Director Daniel Lynds. The baseball complex has already been completed, but Lynds expects some of the other projects to not be ready until 2023.

Picture courtesy of Melinda Finn.
Palomar College’s new baseball complex. Photo courtesy of Melinda Finn. Photo credit: Melinda Finn, Palomar College

Which Facilities are Being Worked on?

Palomar Athletic Director, Daniel Lynds' phase plan for Palomar College Athletics. (Made by Riley Sullivan)
Palomar Athletic Director, Daniel Lynds’ phase plan for Palomar College Athletics. (Made by Riley Sullivan)

Phase One:

  • Football Stadium: The stadium will hold 3,500 seats and will have state-of-the-art technology, according to Lynds.
  • Softball Stadium: Prop M also provides funding to revamp the softball stadium, adding a press box, bullpens, batting cages and permanent seating.
  • Field House: A new field house will also be built to house visiting team locker rooms.

Phase Two:

  • Field House #2: Another field house to add concessions, restrooms, ticket booths, athletic training facilities, equipment rooms and a weight-training facility.

Phase Three:

  • Dome: The addition will add team rooms for each sport, a meeting room and locker rooms to Palomar’s basketball and volleyball facility.
  • Soccer Field: They will add permanent, quality fan seating.
  • Pool: Lynds has big plans for an aquatic center in the future.

Student Involvement in the Design

 

The building designs for the stadium were completed about seven years ago and had student-athlete involvement. Lynds said that when it comes time to work on the Dome, the teams will have input on their respective portions of the facility.

For the Comets and the Community

 

Lynds said the goal for these projects is for students and staff to feel good about being at Palomar College. The stadium will be used for graduation ceremonies, concerts, movie nights and other community events as well.

Lynds gave credit to the project manager, Dennis Astl, and the facilities director, Chris Miller, for their work on the project.

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