It was a busy summer for California State University, Northridge Matador Athletics. Living up to its core values, significant institutional and donor investments were put into several capital enhancements supporting CSUN student-athletes.
Among the notable projects are enhancements to the Women’s Water Polo team room, Matador Soccer Field, Premier America Credit Union Arena and the Sports Medicine Center.
“Our shared philosophy is to strive get better every day, and this includes bettering the facilities that support our student-athletes,” said CSUN director of Athletics Shawn Chin-Farrell. “This summer we took advantage of the time to improve areas that directly benefit our student-athletes.”
Building off its best season in a generation, Matador Baseball is renovating its locker room, to include air conditioning, new lockers, increased square footage, and branding upgrades.
WOMEN’S WATER POLO
Situated on the deck of Matador Pool, Women’s Water Polo received a shiny new Matador Red Polyurethane floor in the team room as phase one of a multi-phase project. Phase two will be completed this fall and includes new branding throughout the team room and coaches’ offices.
MATADOR SOCCER FIELD
Matador Soccer Field has had its playing surface upgraded making it one of the best in Southern California. New grading and Bermuda grass were integrated during the summer months, providing our soccer student-athletes with a Champion level playing surface.
Coming off its first post season appearance in several years, Softball is getting a facelift with new paint and branding.
The Sports Medicine Center recently completed phase one of its office enhancement creating increased private space for student-athlete consultations and improved work performance. Focusing on student-athletes wellness, phase two will see even more space dedicated to supporting student-athlete healthcare.
PREMIER AMERICA CREDIT UNION ARENA
Returning to its roots, Premier America Credit Union Arena, home to Matador Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, received a fresh coat of Matador Red paint replacing the gray that had become an accent color the past few years. In addition to the new paint, the banners honoring our Championship history will be coming back to the rafters and new branding will also be introduced before the 2023-24 Basketball seasons start.
CSUN has several other facility improvement projects upcoming, including renovations of the Soccer practice field and the Matador Track & Field Complex.
“I’m thrilled by the trajectory of our facilities and their direction,” said Terrance Knighten, CSUN’s director of Events and Facilities. “Our commitment to enhancing the student-athlete experience ensures that our projects not only benefit our students and fans but also contribute positively to the Valley communities.”
College of the Canyons student-athletes Motoko Shimoji (women's golf) and Jackson Volk (football) have been named the COC Athletic Department's Women's and Men's Student-Athletes of the Week for the period running Sept. 11-16.
The city of Santa Clarita partners with MV Transportation for transit services. Over the past year, MV Transportation has been actively negotiating with the bus drivers' union. on Sept. 15, the union decided to authorize a strike. The city of Santa Clarita is not a participant in this labor contract disagreement.
The regular meeting of the William S. Hart Union High School District’s Governing Board will be held Wednesday, Oct. 4, beginning with closed session at 5:45 p.m., followed immediately by open session at 7 p.m.
The regular board meeting of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency will be held 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3 in the boardroom at the Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant, 27234 Bouquet Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91350.
Alums and faculty from the California Institute of the Arts School of Film/Video are screening their films at film festivals around the globe throughout the fall. More than 18 CalArtians’ works have been selected for festival lineups taking place across Canada, Romania, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District has reported the first case of West Nile Virus in the Santa Clarita Valley this season. Transmitted through mosquito bites, West Nile Virus is a health concern for people and animals.
Santa Clarita Volunteers is seeking volunteers for Light Up Main Street on Saturday, Nov. 18. Volunteers age 14 and older are being sought for a variety of positions at the annual holiday kickoff event in Old Town Newhall. Age requriements vary according to volunteer activity.
ALDI will open a second Santa Clarita Valley location on Thursday, Oct. 12 in the Canyon Center in Canyon Country. The new ALDI store will be located at 19361 Soledad Canyon Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91351. Canyon Center is located at the intersection of Soledad Canyon Road and Whites Canyon Road.
Interstate 5 in the Castaic area in northern Los Angeles County will be reduced from four lanes to two lanes in the northbound or southbound direction between 5 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 2-4, Caltrans announced Thursday.
College of the Canyons Chancellor Dr. Dianne G. Van Hook received the rarely-awarded O – C (pronounced “oh bar see”) award from FivePoint at a community celebration event held to celebrate her 35 years of leadership at COC.
Children’s Bureau is seeking foster families and now offers two virtual ways for individuals and/or couples to learn how to help children in foster care while reunifying with birth families or how to provide legal permanency by adoption.
The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley is proud to announce that the club has won top honors within Zonta International’s Add Your Voice Campaign for installing the largest number of new members throughout the Zonta world in 2023.
California State University, Northridge is the No. 2 public university in California and the No. 12 public university in the nation, according to the Wall Street Journal/College Pulse 2024 Best Colleges in the U.S. ranking.