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Marshall soccer complex progressing

Soccer
May. 08, 2013 @ 09:47 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Construction on Marshall University's new soccer complex and the neighboring Veterans Memorial Park are moving swiftly.

Work on the roughly $8 million complex in the 2500 block of 5th Avenue officially started last summer, when the old Veterans Memorial Field House was demolished. The ground work for the stadium got underway late in 2012. Since last week, crews have been rolling the turf, with that part of the work scheduled for completion within two weeks. Crews also started putting back up the concrete veterans marker that adorned the outside of the Field House. That should be fully installed by the end of the week.

The new complex will be about 12,000 square feet in size, with a 500-square-foot press box, about 1,000 seats and a 47-space parking lot. The facility is to include coaches' offices, locker rooms, a concession area and ticket offices. It is scheduled for completion in early August, with the first game to be held by the end of that month.

Veterans Memorial Park is located on the northeast corner of the property, with the space part of the agreement in the Park District selling the former Field House property. Marshall also gave the Park District $100,000 to build the park.

Park District Executive Director Kevin Brady said if the weather cooperates, the park could be open for Memorial Day weekend.

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