Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to providing its student-athletes with the very best in athletics facilities. The FGCU Soccer Complex is evidence of that dedication.
The lighted stadium, which opened August 17, 2008, has developed along with its programs that have won the last six combined men’s and women’s Atlantic Sun regular season crowns despite being a mere six years old.
The stadium received major renovations prior to the 2011 season, as 824 cobalt blue chair backs were added with a shade structure over half of the seats to block the scorching Southwest Florida sun. With the addition of the 824 seats, the complex’s capacity increased to 1,500, and prior to the 2012 campaign, new World Cup Pro Premiere Goals were added along with a HI-POD Video System to allow games to be streamed for free on A-Sun.TV and a state-of-the-art sound system.
In the last two years, the FGCU Soccer Complex has hosted three Atlantic Sun Conference soccer tournaments (2011 & 2012 Women’s Soccer, 2012 Men’s Soccer) and FGCU has gone on to win all three. In 2012, FGCU was one of two schools (CSU Northridge) in Division I to win their respective conference tournaments in both men’s and women’s soccer.
The Complex features an international-quality playing field of lush Celebration Bermuda grass, which is ideal for sports fields due to its excellent wear tolerance. The surface is a modified sand-based field with an in-ground irrigation system for drainage of rainwater and a sprinkler system that allows the FGCU grounds keeper to keep the field in top playing condition throughout the year. The system makes the field safer and more playable in a rain-soaked game.
The combination of sandy soil and irrigation allows the FGCU grounds keeper to maintain a healthy and vigorous playing surface. The field is mowed with a mower designed for golf fairways, which results in a field that rivals those of professional soccer.