Story by Sara Paul
A beautiful day marked a beautiful beginning benefiting Beautiful People. The Hudson Sports Complex (HSC), located at 122 State School Rd. in Warwick, officially opened it’s Warwick doors on Sat., Jun. 1 in a grand ceremony and an action-packed day.
Hundreds of attendees enjoyed sunshine and soccer, while raffles and a professional soccer game benefitted the Beautiful People organization. The sunny afternoon at the former prison grounds was marked with themes of celebration and transformation.
“This is an incredible redevelopment effort and to have this opening in grand style by two talented people, Christian and Raluca Fuchs, is just tremendous for the Town of Warwick,” said Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton. “This will be the premiere sports complex in the Tri-State area.”
Village of Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard said, “This place is all about sustainability and adaptive reuse…a former correctional facility now becomes a place where youth can come and become stronger. It’s just an amazing day.”
The indoor and outdoor sports and recreation complex will provide such services as individual and group skills and strength training as well as space for team practices and games and tournaments for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball, and football. Owners Christian and Raluca Fuchs plan to focus on professional, quality training, bringing in athletes, trainers, and coaches from all over the world.
“What Christian is doing is different because he’s looking at training and skills instead of just making kids want to win. Winning has become the main focus here in America and at too young an age,” said Goshen resident Jimmy Bruno, a retired New York City firefighter who coaches local youth lacrosse.
“We could not be happier with the attendance of the local communities for the complex opening. We have soccer training for all levels and ages and our facility is available to rent for all other sports. The local Town officials have supported us tremendously throughout the process and we are grateful to them for their help,” commented Christian Fuchs.
Pine Island resident for more than two decades, Dianna Fox, smiled saying, “It’s a beautiful day, and I support the efforts of the Beautiful People.”
“The Hudson Sports Complex owners have transformed these grounds into a youth exchange, and there is so much possibility here,” Fox added.
Village of Florida Mayor Daniel Harter, Jr. stated, “It’s spectacular what can be done with ingenuity and ambition and seeing a diamond in the rough. The potential here is limitless.”
Michael Johndrow, Executive Director of Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce, said, “This is going to be so good for Warwick.”
The event included a ribbon cutting ceremony, food trucks, and a VIP tent catered by The Helm in Greenwood Lake.
Players also held a field dedication ceremony for former chairman Khun Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. In an emotional speech, Christian Fuchs unveiled the plaque for the “Vichai Field.” Srivaddhanaprabha passed away in 2018.
HSC officials also thanked sponsors: Leicester City Football Club, NoFuchsGiven Clothing, Puma, Allied Excavation, Mediacom, Topps, Giants, and Jets.
For more information, visit www.hudsonsportscomplex.com.