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Construction gets going on soccer complex

Mar. 11, 2013 @ 11:16 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Marshall University's new soccer complex is rising up from the ground at 5th Avenue and 26th Street in Huntington.

Construction on the roughly $8 million complex officially started last summer, when the old Veterans Memorial Field House was demolished. Then, the ground work for the stadium got under way late in 2012.

Marshall acquired the property from the Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District, which had maintained the facility since 1996. As part of the deal Marshall committed to building a half-acre park on the site to honor veterans. The park will be named Veterans Memorial Park.

Marshall's new soccer stadium will replace Sam Hood Field, which sits beside Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The new facility is expected to be ready for play in August 2013.

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.

The design firm for the project is AECOM Technical Services of Kansas City, Mo., and the construction firm is MIRC Construction Services of Hurricane, W.Va.

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