New soccer facility planned for Centre College
Centre College plans to build a new soccer facility in time for competition in the fall of 2016. Construction will take place near the College’s existing South Fields athletics area, on land recently acquired by Centre.
Purchase of the properties, which are east of Roy Arnold Boulevard, between Russell and Dillehay streets, was made possible by a generous donation from the A. Eugene Brockman Charitable Trust.
When complete, the new facility will replace the current soccer field located in the Hillside area of the campus, near West Lexington Avenue.
In addition to a 75×120-yard NCAA regulation grass soccer field with seating, the project will involve renovation of an existing building at the corner of Roy Arnold Boulevard and Russell Street to create a multipurpose facility with locker rooms, public restrooms and a concessions area.
The project will create an even larger and more cohesive area for Centre athletics both east and west of Roy Arnold Boulevard, expanding the South Fields area that was completed in the summer of 2012. At that time, new facilities were created for field hockey, women’s lacrosse and softball. A throws area for track and field has since been added.
College officials will be talking with city government offices to seek all necessary permits and approvals for the project. Demolition of buildings on the newly acquired properties will begin soon and continue over the next several months.
While Centre student-athletes will be the most direct beneficiaries, residents of Danville and Boyle County and young people across the Commonwealth of Kentucky stand to gain as well through the many camps and clinics hosted by Centre.
More than 40 percent of Centre students compete in NCAA Division III varsity athletics as members of the Southern Athletic Association, one of the nation’s top conferences. In addition to 23 intercollegiate sports (11 for men and 12 for women), more than 80 percent of Centre students compete in 15 intramural sports.
by Michael Strysick
April 30, 2015