Cathedral Prep Events Center

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The Prep and Villa Events Center is an indoor/outdoor muilti-purpose athletic center in Erie, Pennsylvania. Dollinger Field, the name of the football field, has an official seating capacity of 1,800. The Joann Mullen Gymnasium has a capacity of 1,800 seats, while the a 400-seat David M. Hallman III Aquatics Center boasts an aquatic complex consisting of an all-deep eight-lane short course competition pool as well as a shallow three-lane 25 yard warmup pool.

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Until 2010, Prep played all its home football and soccer games at Erie Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Events Center is on the site of the former Gunite/EMI foundry, which closed in June 2001. Prep bought 11 acres for the events center for $450,000 in September 2007. Prep used $8.8 million in financing from three area banks to help build the center. The school was able to establish the first phase debt free and is currently working to build a 2nd phase basketball facility followed by a third phase pool facility with seating.

In its inaugural game on September 10, 2010, the Cathedral Prep Ramblers defeated the Central Tech Falcons 55-9. Prior to the game, the field was named after Msgr. John Dollinger who served as a Headmaster at Cathedral Prep from 1972-1984.

The gym and swimming facility at the complex are named the Joann Mullen Gymnasium, and the David M. Hallman III Aquatics Center. Mullen was a longtime math teacher and the first female assistant principal and principal at Prep. She died in 2012 at the age of 72. Hallman was a swimming standout at Prep and a 2010 graduate. He died in 2014 at age 21.

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