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M&W Soccer Looking Forward to Home Openers at Renovated WMU Soccer Complex

Courtesy: Kristin Keirns, associate director of athletic media relations
Release: 09/19/2013
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KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Western Michigan men’s and women’s soccer teams will take the field this weekend for the first time in 2013 at the newly renovated WMU Soccer Complex.

The Bronco men host Canisius, Friday, Sept. 20, at 4 p.m., and both squads hit the pitch Sunday, Sept. 22, in doubleheader action. The women face Western Illinois at noon, followed by a 2:30 men’s game against Milwaukee.

The programs will also celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the men’s and women’s soccer 2003 Mid-American Conference Championship teams on Sunday, as part of Alumni Weekend.

Renovations for the WMU Soccer Complex were set in motion this past spring, when the University sold a section of land off of Parkview Ave., to allow for the addition of the Newell Rubbermaid design center in the Western Michigan’s Business Technology and Research Park. The parcel included an auxiliary soccer practice field, a portion of the gravel entrance off of Parkview and additional land to the East. Western Michigan’s competition field and current practice field remained intact but received a series of upgrades.

The enhancements included a 120-space paved parking lot, installation of a drainage system and a new playing surface of Kentucky bluegrass to the game field, new entrance way, back stop poles, netting and fencing, sound system, spectator walkway and flag pole. A new mower was also purchased to keep the natural grass playing surface at ideal height.

Prior to the beginning of the 2012 season, the complex received new team dugouts, spectator seating, fencing enclosing the game field and other cosmetic upgrades.

The most noticeable difference to the complex is the new entrance point for spectators. With the recent changes, spectators no longer enter the facility off of Parkview Ave., rather will travel through WMU’s Business Technology and Research Park/Engineering College Entrance on Campus Drive (located at the intersection of Parkview Ave. and Drake Road). Spectators will drive along Campus Drive for 0.6 miles and make a left at College Circle to cross over into the complex parking lot.

“These facility improvements are a great example of the commitment our institution has for the soccer programs,” said WMU head men’s soccer coach Chad Wiseman. “I am extremely excited for a great Alumni Weekend and to showcase the improvements that have been made to our facility. I think everyone involved with Western Michigan soccer, both past and present will be extremely proud. These changes also help us with recruiting as future Broncos visit our complex.”

Directions:  From 131, exit Stadium Drive East. Turn right at first light onto Drake Rd. Continue along Drake, crossing Parkview Ave, entering WMU's Business, Technology and Research Park/Engineering College Campus. (Drake Rd. will become Campus Drive). Follow Campus Drive 0.6 miles, turn left at College Circle (fourth possible left after crossing Parkview Ave) and follow into WMU Soccer Complex entrance.

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