On October 17th, Vanguard University’s multi-million dollar soccer field opened. This is made possible by a 20-year joint facility agreement with #11 nationally ranked soccer club, the Pateadores. The top Southern Californian club is funding 1 million of the 1.8 million dollar renovation project.
The state of the art soccer-training complex will include a full size turf playing field, three full size futsal courts, grandstand seating and video capability. It will also include an outdoor basketball court, a new student BBQ arena, and restroom facilities by the soccer field.
These surrounding projects will be completed by the end of the 2014 spring semester.
In a recent statement, Jon Szczuka, Club Director of the Pateadores said, “This new complex will offer tremendous benefits for all the players in our program and will serve as our primary location.
They are hoping this project will reflect the bold ambitions they have as a club. Their goal is to be positioned as one of the top soccer clubs in the nation.
“This isn’t the first time that Vanguard and the Pateadores soccer club have partnered together,” said Vanguard Athletic Director, Bob Wilson.
According to Wilson they tried a couple years back to plant real grass but it never was able to hold root and grow due to all the student activities held on the field. He also said that despite the negative results of the grass never growing both the Pateadores and the university are eager to continue working together to make the soccer field great.
With the new multi-million dollar facility and surrounding projects, the Pateadores soccer club and Vanguard University are both on their way to being recognized as top programs.
“Even though the turf has been difficult for us to get used to, I think the entire team is grateful. We actually have something to be proud about during home games because the field is that cool,” junior Vanguard soccer player Edgar Hernandez said.