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One of the top collegiate soccer venues in the country will be receiving a significant enhancement, as the renovation project is underway for lights to be installed at Championship Field, the home stadium for the Seattle University men’s and women’s soccer teams. The installation of lights will make night matches possible as early as the middle of the 2013 season.
James Cary Architect and Skanska Building USA, Inc. have been selected to design, construct and installed a comprehensive field lighting system. Plans will be executed in coordination with the City of Seattle and area neighborhood community groups.
“We are fortunate to have one of the best soccer venues around. The addition of lights is only going to add to the already wonderful atmosphere,” Seattle U head women’s soccer coach Julie Woodward said. “Championship Field is a special place to play. Lights are a great way to unite our community and increase our school spirit. It is going to be simply amazing.”
“Adding lights to Championship Field is going to be a tremendous boost to both our programs. It will be a great venue for the University and our community, a place where more people can gather and watch top NCAA Division I soccer,” Seattle U head men’s soccer coach Peter Fewing said. “For the players on both teams, night games are the most exciting to play. This will help attract top players from around the country. Championship Field, with the exceptional grass surface and covered seating, already is a special place, and adding lights will truly make it one of the best college soccer stadiums in the country.”
Originally called the Seattle University East Field, the name was changed to Championship Field after the men’s soccer team won the 1997 NAIA National Championship. The facility underwent a major reconstruction before the 2006 season, including the construction of permanent seating, a press box, and a new scoreboard.