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Mark Simonson

September 16, 2013

SUCO's Field House construction was a 30-year struggle


A ribbon cutting and tour was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 27, 1999, which was attended by many community members as well as college officials, guests and dignitaries. The first major event at the new Alumni Field House came Tuesday, Aug. 31, with nearly 2,700 on hand for a performance by singer Tony Bennett.

Bennett praised the architect’s work on the new facility, giving the acoustics a lighthearted test. With piano accompaniment and no microphone, the music could be heard distinctly across the field house.

This weekend: The new Hartwick College opened in Oneonta in the fall of 1928.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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