Soccer Launches Capital Enhancement Campaign

A 2013 Capital Enhancement Campaign was announced on Tuesday for SFA soccer.

May 14, 2013

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NACOGDOCHES, Texas – The Stephen F. Austin athletics department and head coach Wally Crittenden announced the 2013 Capital Enhancement Campaign on Tuesday for Ladyjacks soccer intended to enhance both the existing locker room and be highlighted by the new construction of a soccer complex.

“What an exciting time to be a part of the Ladyjack soccer program,” Crittenden said. “With the scheduled enhancements to our players’ locker room, soccer stadium, coaches offices, and with the construction of a new on-site field house, there is no better place to be a soccer player. The finishing on this facility will be of the highest quality and I am really excited about the opportunity to tie in the rich history of this program into a Welcome/Museum area in the new clubhouse. All of the great student-athletes and coaches that have competed here and helped put this program in the position it is today can rest easy knowing they are not forgotten and that they will be remembered every day we walk those halls in preparation to perform.“

Step one of the project will be the renovation of the current locker room located at the SFA Fieldhouse. The plan calls for 28 new 72x30 lockers to be installed along with a new TV, furniture and speakers in the player’s lounge. There will also be a historical display for past award winners and championships won. A nutrition area is also in the plan with cabinet and counter space along with a new refrigerator. There will also be a film study area with a framed whiteboard, housed projector screen and ceiling mounted projector.

The second part of the project is to install a brick wall and concrete perimeter that will border the entire soccer field and its newly installed $250,000 competition surface. The plan calls for a decorative border around the field along with temporary seating behind each goal to serve as a student seating section. 

The third part of the complex enhancements will be the addition of a press box on the west side that will create a decorative solution for inclement weather and will allow the video crew to stream matches over the internet. Below the press box will be a permanent grandstand structure with a seating capacity of 1,200. The final touch will be a roof that will create shade for Sunday matches and further enhance the spectator experience.

The final step of the stadium enhancements will be the addition of a clubhouse directly adjacent to the playing field that will consist of a meeting/film room, player ready room, head coach’s suite, assistant coaches offices, greeting area with museum quality displays.

“One of the additional purposes of this facility will be to serve as a community hub for youth soccer and youth sports in general in the East Texas area. We will offer free, or reduced rate, coaching education for our area volunteers and recreational mentors as well as skills clinics for our area youth that are underpinned in leadership development and life skills. This will be a gathering place for all of East Texas to work together to improve our opportunities for young people to succeed in sport.”

The timeline for completion is to be determined though the first two phases are set to be completed prior to Ladyjack Soccer’s August-2013 Preseason Camp. Once completed, the facility will showcase an overall investment in soccer of over $1.5 million in state of the art renovations and competition surface making the SFA Soccer Complex one of the finest soccer environments in the country.

“While we will embrace the past like no other soccer program in Texas with this venture, we will also raise the bar and set the highest expectations for the future of our program,” Crittenden said. “Our recruits and their families will come to know that the quality of life that awaits them here as a part of our Nacogdoches community is very unique. With our facility reflecting the beautiful aesthetics of our campus, the great academic programs here at SFA, our on-campus field location, a locker room unparalleled anywhere in the state of Texas, and the entire community of Nacogdoches behind us; this will truly be a special place to compete at the very highest level of college soccer.”



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