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$12 million soccer and track facility to be completed by January

$12 million soccer and track facility to be completed by January

$12 million soccer and track facility to be completed by January
September 18
16:03 2018

The new $12 million soccer and track facility will be ready for its teams to move in by January, said Jared Mosley, associate vice president and chief operating officer for North Texas athletics.

The facility will be located on Bonnie Brae and Willowwood streets. The project broke ground and began construction in April.

“Not only [will we] have facilities that are nice and meet the demands of student athletes today, but also provide safe facilities they need to develop and train and get better,” Mosley said. “The age and state of the [current] facility necessitated us to give them a quality facility to operate out of.”

The new facility will seat about 1,500 people compared to the more than 1,000 seats advertised online for UNT’s current soccer stadium. It will also include new coaches’ offices, locker rooms, a team-meeting area and a student-athlete lounge, according to the Mean Green Sports website.

Mosley said it made sense to host both the track and soccer teams in the new facility because many universities have both departments in one building.

“Everything we’ve done is to be able to maximize use and use [the facility] as a recruiting tool to get people to our campus,” Mosley said.

The soccer and track facility is an institutional project while the indoor practice facility was funded by donors as well as the institution, Mosley said. He said their goal with these projects is to raise about half the funds.

While the current soccer facility is serviceable, Mosley said athletics wanted to address using a facility for postseason things such as hosting games for local schools, seating more fans and hosting track and field meets.

The facility will also feature a video board.

“We have not had access for video at either one of [the soccer and track] venues,” Mosley said. “Having a high definition video board will give us a lot of flexibility in that venue as well.”

Dominique James, a women’s soccer team player and junior at UNT, said the team is excited for the new facility.

“It’s definitely more space for our locker room and a bigger space for us,” James said.

Brooke Lampe, another player and sophomore, said she’s excited for more seating.

“We’ll get more fans [to come],” Lampe said. “Right now our stands [get full] and people have to stand on the side.”

Lampe said the women’s soccer team was given a walkthrough tour recently. She said they saw some pictures of the players placed up.

“I’m so stoked,” Lampe said. “[Getting a new facility] comes from [the success] of programs before.”

Athletics will also get an indoor football practice facility. Mosley said they have selected a company to manage the project and the facility will be breaking ground soon. However, they are still in the early processes on working with the companies to form a project timeline and sequence out the best way to move forward.

Although athletics are still working through the costs for the practice facility, Mosley said they anticipate it may be $18 to $20 million and completed at the end of summer 2019.

Featured Image: The indoor practice facility project, near Apogee stadium, remains in progress with an expected Jan. 2019 completion date. Isabel Anes

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