The J.R. Payden Field House, Payden Park, and DeFilippo Field & Track projects were made possible because of a public – private partnership between the State of Connecticut, the City of Derby, as well as a generous donation from a private donor. Derby’s new athletic facility was completed in 2019 and includes a competition track for track events, a multi-sport synthetic turf field, a combination baseball and softball synthetic turf field, a press box, renovations to the existing bleachers, as well as a state of the art field house. The field house contains four sets of locker rooms, a weight room, a trainers room, a laundry room, concessions, and a banquet room. The athletic director, coaches, and officials have separated offices and there is even a sports memorability room showcasing Derby, as well as professional sports, memorabilia. The facility truly is one of a kind and is an incredible experience not just for the athletes, but also for the spectators.