HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Friday will bring opening night for Marshall University’s Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex in Huntington.
The $8 million, 1,006 seat facility will be dedicated before the Thundering Herd women host Campbell University at 7:30 p.m. The dedication will follow an alumni game for the Marshall men’s soccer program at 5 p.m.
“Not only will this be the best soccer facility in the state, we think it’ll be one of the best soccer facilities in the whole United States,” said Marshall University Athletic Director Mike Hamrick on a recent edition of MetroNews “Hotline.”
Nicknamed “The Vet,” the soccer complex shares a name with the former Veterans Memorial Field House which was demolished to make way for the facility.
“The Vet” will also carry the name of a private donor who will be announced during Friday night’s dedication ceremony.
Hamrick said the complex is overdue. “It is an absolutely beautiful facility,” he said. “It’s something we haven’t had here and it’s going to be great for the Tri-State and it’s also going to be great for the state of West Virginia.”
In recent seasons, Marshall’s soccer teams have played at Sam Hood Field at Joan C. Edwards Stadium, which is shorter than a regulation soccer field, and at Hurricane High School in Putnam County.
The soccer complex is the first facility to be completed as part of Marshall University’s $33 million Vision Campaign for athletics.