New athletic facilities dedicated during Homecoming 2017
As part of the Homecoming 2017 festivities, Centre College dedicated its new Amend Soccer Complex and Dabney Building completed before the start of the academic year and located in the South Field area.
The new soccer complex adds to the existing South Field facilities that include baseball, lacrosse, field hockey, football, softball, tennis and track & field.
“We are honored that the players have the opportunity to play in one the best soccer venues in the country,” Centre Women’s Soccer Head Coach Jay Hoffman said. “It is truly special each time we step out on the field.”
The new facility includes a top-of-the-line Bermuda natural grass playing surface, which was the most important aspect in the creation of the new facility for Men’s Soccer Head Coach Jeb Burch.
“I am especially proud to see our players on a top quality surface,” he said. “Admittedly, this is the best playing surface in Kentucky. You might find a playing surface equal to Amend in college soccer, but I don’t think you will find anything better.”
The complex also features seating for 500 spectators, a patio area and a press box. The 7,000-square-foot building includes four locker rooms for men’s soccer, women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s lacrosse and softball teams, all of which compete in the South Fields area. The building also includes an athletic training space, laundry facilities and public restrooms.
Burch said he thinks the new facility reflects the proud history of soccer at Centre that started in 1971.
“Soccer at Centre has genuine roots, with many key people helping push the sport along to its next phase,” he said. “For me, the new stadium reflects this continued effort as many people played key roles in its creation.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 3, 2017