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Global Jul 26, 2016

SMU announces plan to build new soccer stadium

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DALLAS (Via SMU) – Southern Methodist University recently announced plans to construct a new soccer stadium, Indoor Performance Center and an outdoor natural grass football practice field.

These plans come on the heels of SMU’s Second Century Campaign, in which SMU Athletics secured more than $191 million in gift commitments, and after 18 months of planning and design.

“This is a transformative plan for SMU Athletics and another tangible example of our commitment and desire to compete at the highest level of intercollegiate athletics,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

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The new soccer stadium, to be used by SMU’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, will be located on Mockingbird Lane, the site of the current practice fields.

The Indoor Performance Center (IPC) will feature a full-sized football field and indoor 300-meter track, and will be located on the current track and soccer field site. In addition to use by the football and track programs, the IPC will also serve as a resource for other student and campus activities and events. A new outdoor natural grass football practice field will be adjacent to the IPC.

These projects constitute Phase 1 of SMU Athletics’ Facilities Master Plan, a $150 million comprehensive facilities investment that will serve the needs of all 17 sports and 400-plus student-athletes.

Preliminary renderings can be seen here.