The Centre College athletic department recently announced the start of construction of its new soccer stadium and facility to be located at the South Fields area of campus.
The facility will serve as the new home of the Centre men’s and women’s soccer programs. This will include a locker room building for service to all of the South Fields area, as well as the renovation of an existing building for multipurpose use.
A project more than two years in the making, it was previously announced that the future home of Centre men’s and women’s soccer would be relocated from the north side of campus to the South Fields new soccer stadium and facility, in alignment with the College’s strategic plan.
Following the acquisition of 16 parcels of land, resulting demolition of those structures, the past several months have involved the design and financing plans to construct the 75-yard by 120-yard natural grass field.
“The movement of the Hillside field over to what has become our South Fields soccer stadium and facility is an important and strategic piece in the evolution of our athletic programs and in particular men’s and women’s soccer programs,” Centre Director of Athletics Brad Fields said.
The facility will include seating for 500, a patio area and a press box. In addition, a 7,000-square-foot building will be constructed to include four locker rooms for five teams that compete at the South Fields area as well as athletic training space, laundry capabilities and public restrooms.
The locker room structure will house the men’s soccer, women’s soccer, field hockey, women’s lacrosse and softball teams.
“Not to be lost in all of this is the impact on field hockey, softball and women’s lacrosse. The creation of the locker room facility at the facility fills in a critical piece for the facilities of these programs,” Fields said.
Fields noted that the top priority for the project was a top-of-the-line playing surface. The facility will feature a Bermuda natural grass playing surface which rivals that of many Division I facilities.
Funding for the project derived from both the Brockman Trust, a designated fund to develop the South Fields area, as well as restricted gifts to ensure the success of the project.
Both Centre Women’s Soccer Head Coach Jay Hoffman and Men’s Soccer Head Coach Jeb Burch expressed their excitement about the construction of the new home of their programs.
“Certainly having a state-of-the-art field will showcase what we plan to do moving forward,” Hoffman said.
The Centre women’s soccer team moves into the facility after enjoying its best season in program history, capturing its fourth straight Southern Athletic Association title and advancing to its first ever NCAA Division III Final Four.
“Moving into that facility, it is certainly going to enhance everything in recruiting. It allows us to properly host games now and to host tournament games, so that elevates the program to another level,” Burch noted.
The Centre men’s soccer team has enjoyed a great deal of success as a program, winning four conference titles, appearing in four NCAA Division III Tournaments and featuring five All-Americans.
The project is set to be completed in Fall 2016.
“The South Fields soccer stadium and facility is amazing for a place like Centre to have, especially when you think about the facility being less than five years old,” Fields said. “And now, I believe this project will be the crown jewel finishing it off.”
by Centre College Athletics
March 3, 2016