This weekend in Lexington, KY is more than just the kickoff of the University of Kentucky’s Football team 2014 season. Starting on Friday, August 29, the athletic department is set to celebrate and dedicate the newest jewel of Wildcat facilities. This weekend the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex will officially open. The $7.7 million dollar complex is home to the men’s and women’s soccer teams and not only has a new playing surface, but also houses state of the art offices and locker rooms.
To christen the new stadium, the women’s team will play host to the Francis Mason Patriots at 7:30 on Friday night. The official dedication ceremony is scheduled for noon on Sunday, August 31. University President Eli Capilouto and Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart will be on hand to celebrate the grand opening with men’s head coach Johan Cedergren and women’s head coach Jon Lipsitz. Later in the day, the women will host the Ohio University Bobcats at 2:00 and the men play the Belmont Bison at 5:00.
In his ongoing quest to make the university’s athletics program more well rounded (ie. more than just men’s basketball), Barnhart has made upgrading facilities for all the athletic teams one of his top priority. With the continuing upgrades to Commonwealth Stadium, he’s showing that the football Cats are ready to become an SEC level program. With the Bell Complex, it’s clear that the university and its alumni and friends also share in Barnhart’s vision and are willing to invest in the Wildcat soccer programs.
Of course, the men’s basketball team will continue to garner the headlines, but don’t be fooled. Every student athlete that puts on the Blue and White are working hard and sacrificing to make the university and the Big Blue Nation proud. So, join the Cats on the pitch and get ready to scream, “GOOOOAAAAALLL!!!!!!”
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