Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex
The Nebraska soccer team could begin play at the new Soccer and Tennis Complex in the fall of 2014.
On Thursday, July 18, 2013, the University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the program statement and budget for Nebraska Athletics to build dedicated, on-campus soccer and tennis practice and competition facilities.
The $20.4 million Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex will be located on 28 acres owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The 28 acres, the former site of the State Fair campground, is adjacent to the Nebraska Innovation Campus currently under development. The site has been cleared of the old campground RV support infrastructure as part of the demolition of the old State Fair Park buildings and related structures. The new facility will be built with private donations.
The new soccer facilities will include one outdoor, lighted, full-sized competition field with seating for approximately 2,500 spectators. Facilities for tennis will include 12 lighted outdoor courts and six indoor courts with a combined total of 1,400 seats for spectators. With minor renovations, the former campground shower house will be repurposed into mechanical space and equipment storage for the soccer field maintenance and ticket windows. Approximately 600 to 800 surface parking spaces will be constructed on the site.
Construction will begin in May 2014. The soccer fields could be completed in time for competition in the fall of 2014. The remaining facilities will be ready for the outdoor tennis season in 2015.