Wake Forest Breaks Ground on Soccer Field Renovation Project
Head men's and women's soccer coaches Bobby Muuss & Tony da Luz
April 28, 2015

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By Katharine Williams, External Communications

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -Wake Forest Athletics has begun construction on the soccer field renovation project for the competition field at Spry Stadium. The $1 million project was made possible by a number of generous donations.

"We are very excited to be breaking ground on the soccer game field renovation project, " said Wake Forest Director of Athletics Ron Wellman. "This will make an immediate and positive impact on both our men's and women's soccer programs by improving competition conditions as well as assisting our coaches in their recruiting efforts. Spry Stadium is widely recognized as one of the finest collegiate soccer facilities in the country, and the renovation of the field, along with the recent addition of Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill, enhances that reputation by improving the game day experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans."

The game field renovation will benefit both the men's and women's soccer programs, who host home competitions at Spry Stadium.

"The soccer field renovation project is such an asset for our program," said Wake Forest head men's soccer coach Bobby Muuss. "Not only will the new field improve the training and competitiveness of our current team, but will help our staff bring the very best talent to Wake Forest. This project will serve as a tangible symbol of the University and athletic department's commitment to our soccer program. We are incredibly grateful for their support and the generosity of the donors who made this project possible."

Improvements include the installation of new Bermuda turf, irrigation and drainage systems, installation of conduit for future television and live-stream broadcasts, new fence and windscreen surrounding the field, upgraded lighting and new team equipment, including new field goals and team enclosures. Construction is scheduled to finish in June 2015.

"Women's soccer in the ACC and NCAA has become increasingly competitive in recent years, with the top programs investing heavily in facility construction and upgrades to support elite level performance and entice top recruits. These generous donations allow us to begin the first phase of a much needed facility improvement plan," said Wake Forest head women's soccer coach Tony da Luz. "The new field will leave a strong impression on visiting recruits, reflecting a commitment to be the best."

The field renovation project comes on the heels of renovations to the facility in the completion of the Walt Chyzowych Alumni Hill project, dedicated in September 2013.

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The Deacon Club is the fundraising unit for Wake Forest Athletics. In an effort to support the athletic department's mission of Developing Champions, the Deacon Club is driven by three primary objectives: to provide scholarships for academically deserving student-athletes; to equip student-athletes with first-class facilities; and to develop programs to further engage members with Wake Forest Athletics. For more information, please visit WakeForestSports.com/deaconclub.

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