Our vision of a state-of-the-art facility that benefits the residents of Wilmington and beyond, has become a reality. We are building Abessinio Stadium to meet the needs of many - whether it be providing a safe place for high school athletic competitions to occur, dedicated space for youth leagues to help kids realize their potential while building skills for life, or creating a vibrant welcoming venue for the entire community to gather and enjoy, Abessinio Stadium is well positioned to play an important new role in Wilmington's storied history. Salesianum has always made investing in, and serving the community we are a part of a top priority. Thanks to a unique public/private partnership, we are pleased to share that Abessinio Stadium is designed to serve these needs, and many more, for generations to come.
Rocco Abessinio `59
The catalyst for this vision becoming a reality is due to the incredible generosity of Rocco and Mary Frances Abessinio, who in December 2018, announced a historic $16 million gift to Salesianum School for the new stadium and its endowment. Rocco Abessinio, a 1954 graduate of Salesianum shares, “As a native of Wilmington, this is an opportunity for me and my family to support Salesianum and help the city in its resurgence. We want to ensure that students like me - the son of immigrants - have a place at Salesianum. That’s the idea behind the endowment and we’re always happy to support it. With the new stadium, it’s an opportunity to share the lessons that were learned under Coach Dim Montero - teamwork, grit, discipline, and perseverance - with an audience that goes far beyond Salesianum. It’s why we asked the school to specifically honor him with a memorial at the new stadium and why we feel so proud to be able to make this gift.”