Two new fields are coming to Mitchel Field


The land at Mitchel Field in Uniondale has seen its share of Long Island history from serving as a military base to a sports complex.
Now the 49-acre sports complex will add two 80,000-square-foot state-of-the-art lighted outdoor fields to be built adjacent to Globall Sports Centers existing indoor facility that will transform Nassau County’s Butler Building into one of the first indoor/outdoor multi-sports and entertainment venues in the county.
“Globall is in close coordination with Nassau County’s Department of Public Works and we are anticipating to begin mid-summer,” Peter Zaratin, Globall Concepts’ chief executive told the Herald in an email.
The County Legislature approved the plans to expand the public-private partnership with Globall last month. Globall, which also has a Brooklyn location, has birthday parties, camps, clinics, league and tournaments at its athletic-related facilities.
Along with soccer, the two new fields are planned to host field hockey, football, lacrosse and other sports, Zaratin said.

“But we are also looking to find anchor tenants at the minor league and/or collegiate levels for each of them,” he said.
A mater site plan is being finalized with a civil engineering firm before construction gets under way.
“If all goes according to schedule, we are hoping to have interior renovations at the facility finished by next winter, and the field ready to go for the 2025 spring season,” Zaratin said.
The new outdoor field will expand the Butler Building footprint to 10 times its current size from 25,000-square–feet to 250,00-square-feet.
“Given Long Island’s finite amount of available open space, municipalities and developers must look for ways to redevelop under-utilized land and facilities for the betterment of our communities and economy,” Globall principal Mitchell Rechler said in a news release.
The area in and around Mitchel Field became Camp Mills during World War I and the training ground for the army’s 42nd Infantry Division. Decommissioned in 1961, over the years the land became home to no only the Mitchel Field sports complex, but to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, Hofstra University, Nassau Coliseum and Nassau Community College.
The remaining buildings and facilities were identified as a historic district and place on the National Register of Historic Places.
“The approval of these two new fields at the Mitchel Athletic Complex is the latest example in our investment in the Hub, county assets and most importantly, our young people,” County Executive Bruce Blakeman said in the release
The complex hosts high school and collegiate athletic events, as well as local sports leagues. The facility includes a track and field stadium (nine lanes) with an oval that has a new synthetic field for football, lacrosse and soccer
There are four fields for softball and two for baseball; these fields can also be used for football, lacrosse and soccer. The complex is also home to the county’s rifle and pistol range.