Youth football teams from Findlay and the surrounding area will have a top of the line facility where they can compete this fall, with the dedication Saturday of Ben Roethlisberger Field at Marathon Stadium.
Located at The Cube on the north edge of Findlay, adjacent to a complex that includes facilities for baseball, softball and hockey, as well as the Miracle Field, the new facility was a collaborative effort by former Findlay High quarterback and two-time Super Bowl champion Ben Roethlisberger and Marathon Petroleum Corp. Roethlisberger, in Findlay for induction into the Hancock Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, was on hand to dedicate the field that bears his name.
“Marathon Petroleum Corporation is proud to have partnered with Ben Roethlisberger in the creation of the Findlay Youth Football Facility,” Paul Smith, manager of administrative services at Marathon, said during Saturday’s dedication.
“As a company, we believe strongly in giving back to the communities where we have the privilege to operate. Roethlisberger Field will impact generations of youth football players in Findlay and Hancock County for years to come.”
“The Findlay Youth Football facility would not have been possible without the financial support from Ben Roethlisberger and Marathon Petroleum Corp.,” said Bill Gilley, board president of Findlay Youth Football.
“This youth football facility has been many years in the making. Many people have been involved and have given a lot to make Roethlisberger Field the premier youth football facility that it is. Roethlisberger Field provides a place for over 200 Findlay youth, from grades three through eight, and teams from the surrounding area, to play football.”