Groundbreaking held for new UI soccer facility


Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Thursday for a new University of Iowa soccer operations facility.

The $4 million facility, funded entirely by private support, will include:

  • A spacious locker room and lounge/team room that UI officials say will dramatically improve Iowa soccer student-athletes efficiency and experience while creating a “one-stop home” for Iowa women’s soccer,
  • A multi-purpose room overlooking the Iowa soccer field that creates a space for student-athletes to enjoy pregame and postgame meals, watch film, study, and socialize, as well as to host donors and other events before and after matches,
  • An athletic training room, allowing student-athletes to receive treatments from sports medicine staff after a practice or game — without having to travel to another campus location, and
  • Additional amenities including; coaches’ offices, visiting team and officials’ locker rooms, a press box, and storage.

At Thursday’s ceremony, UI Athletic Director Gary Barta thanked the donors who stepped up during what he said was a very difficult financial time for the department. The facility should be completed in time for the 2021 fall season.

The Iowa soccer team would normally be in the middle of its 2020 season, but it was postponed to spring because of the pandemic. Last season Iowa tied a program-high with seven wins and reached a program-high #19 ranking in the polls.