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New indoor soccer complex will benefit community, too

March 20, 2009 : Eric Brown

Liberty University's new Thomas Indoor Soccer Complex is located off the LaHaye Student Union, at the far right in this photograph.

Construction crews are hoping for sunnier days within the next month as they diligently work to complete Liberty University’s Thomas Indoor Soccer Complex. Charles Spence, the university’s director of planning and construction, said weather has slowed progress in recent weeks, but officials plan to have the structure built before graduation.

“We’re about to get back on schedule right now,” Spence said. “We’re looking for an end of April completion.”

Connected to Campus North’s LaHaye Student Union, the dual-field facility will allow the university to host various indoor soccer, flag football and lacrosse tournaments. Both courts will be partially surrounded by clear dasher board walls (similar to those used in the LaHaye Ice Center), with a spectator section in between. Other features include wireless capability and several televisions located throughout the complex. Andrea Sherwood, LU’s student centers director, said students will be able to organize their own leagues and access the building during their free time.

“We want to give a lot of open time because there is a lot of pick-up soccer that happens in the Schilling Center,” Sherwood said. “Obviously, the Schilling is not meant for that, so it’s a place for the students to play indoor soccer on a real indoor soccer facility.”

The complex’s construction was made possible thanks to a gracious gift from LU alumnus Glen Thomas, who donated $700,000 to the project.

“It’s going to be great for the community,” Spence said. “The donor has done a fantastic job in supporting and donating the facility for the university’s use. The one thing that [he] asked is that we make the complex available to the local kids at times when LU is not interested in using the complex.”