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More talks on battle over athletic fields in Hamden

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A neighborhood battle is brewing in Hamden over a plan by Quinnipiac University to build two athletic fields on campus. (WFSB) A neighborhood battle is brewing in Hamden over a plan by Quinnipiac University to build two athletic fields on campus. (WFSB)
HAMDEN, CT (WFSB) -

An important meeting is being held Tuesday to discuss a neighborhood battle over athletic fields in Hamden.

Quinnipiac University wants to renovate two existing athletic fields on campus next to Sleeping Giant State Park.

Supporters of the park said they feel this would impact the integrity of the state park, citing concerns over noise, pollution and traffic.

Quinnipiac University said it needs to upgrade the fields to stay competitive in the world of college athletics and comply with Title IX Gender Equality requirements.

The Planning and Zoning Commission will discuss the project at 7 p.m. on Tuesday inside the Legislative Council Chambers inside Memorial Town Hall on Whitney Avenue.

Under the plan, the fields would be used by both soccer teams, the lacrosse programs, and the women’s field hockey team.

The proposal calls for artificial turf, along with adding 1,500 seats for one field, 500 for the other, along with locker rooms, bathroom and press areas.

Hamden’s Planning and Zoning Commission is expected to vote on the project next month.

If it is approved, Quinnipiac would like to start the construction this summer.

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