The recent 50th anniversary celebration at MVNU has brought about discussion on the building of a new outdoor sports complex. Vice President of University Relations James Smith voiced the University’s view for the project.
“We’re going to build an MVNU outdoor sports complex complete with turf, lights, expanded seating, restrooms, concessions and more,” said Smith. “It will be something that we will be proud of and one that will serve the needs of our teams and be an asset to our community. The dream is big, but we know we can get there.”
The facility will have seating for 500 spectators and will include restrooms, concessions and locker rooms. There will also be a new parking lot dedicated to the field.
“It will be located in the large field beside Cougar Drive in the far southwest corner of that field,” said Smith.
Smith believes that this new complex will meet the current and future needs of the lacrosse and soccer teams.
“The turf will provide a controlled and easily-maintained playing surface that can handle the wear and tear of multiple sports and teams,” said Smith. “The lights will allow us to spread out practices and games and enable our student athletes to miss less class and expand their opportunities for field time.”
Smith and the senior leadership team feel it’s time to give the soccer and lacrosse teams the resources they need to continue to grow and enhance their programs. They feel it is the most immediate need for the campus of MVNU.
“It’s time for us to invest in a soccer program that has seen both our men’s and women’s teams rise to place of national significance in the NAIA,” said Smith. “It’s time for us to invest in lacrosse, one of the fastest-growing sports in the nation, and this team has already begun to discover its potential.”