Soccer Stadium

    A vision in 1983 became a reality on Aug. 29, 1995. That date marked the dedication of the new soccer complex followed by the men's and women's exhibition games.

    The first phase of the construction began in May 1995. It included the new natural grass field, permanent seating for 1,000, a press box and a fence encompassing the entire complex. Beneath the press box are home and visiting team locker rooms.

    The beginning of the 1998 season saw the second phase of the stadium project completed. Added to the already impressive facility were completed locker rooms, with showers and a changing area. Other improvements included permanent public restrooms, concrete pads for additional seating on the east side and a walkway between the east and west seating areas. In the spring of 2003, permanent lights were added with three banks of lights on each side of the field.

    The vision of head coaches Lou Sagastume and Marty Buckley was put into action following the 1993 season. That season, the men's team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. The 1993 team, ranked 23rd in the nation, had the opportunity to host an NCAA Tournament game and have the home field advantage. However, because the old soccer facility didn't meet the NCAA requirements, the Falcons had to travel to Omaha, Neb., to play the No. 1 ranked Creighton Bluejays. The Academy administration decided to upgrade the facility to enable the Falcons to host future NCAA Tournament games.

    That theory held true as the men's soccer team hosted an NCAA playoff game against Creighton in 1997. The game's attendance of 1,400 was one of the largest in the opening round of the tournament that season.

    Sagastume, Buckley and men's assistant coach Lt. Col. Doug Hill were instrumental in the design and construction of the facility. The construction would not have been possible without the efforts of former Athletic Director Col. Ken Schweitzer, Chief of Facilities, former Lt. Col. Bruce Fritzsche and the Academy's Civil Engineering Squadron.

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