Van Andel Soccer Stadium, Hope College
A state-of-the-art soccer facility at Hope College in Holland, Mich., was made possible thanks to a generous donation from the David and Carol Van Andel Foundation.
Completed in October 2009, the $5.3 million facility—touted as the best small college soccer venue in collegiate sports—has a full-size NCAA regulation artificial turf field that is striped only for soccer, an entry plaza with a ticket booth and a stadium building that provides stadium-style seats and bleacher bench seating for 1,400 people, along with a press box. The facility serves as a first-class performance venue as well as a multi-use recreational field for athletes, students and the public.
Features of the stadium, which is surrounded by a wooded wetland on the east end and an existing roadway on the west, include a 360-foot-by-225-foot regulation size soccer field, a 9,700-square-foot building, a ticket booth and entry plaza, a concession stand, public restrooms, team locker rooms, training room, meeting room, field lighting for night games and patio areas.
The exterior of the stadium consists of brick and stone that were selected to create a rich collegiate appearance for a facility that is located at the eastern gateway to both the campus and the city. A monumental entry arch serves as a gateway to the remainder of the athletic campus and will eventually tie into the other athletic fields.
During the planning stages, thorough research went into the decision to use the latest technology in synthetic athletic turf. To help mimic and resemble a natural pitch, mono spine fibers and a sand and rubber infill mix were used. Synthetic turf was used in order to maximize the use for both the men's and women's team practices and competitions, as well as to make the facility available for students to use for academics and recreational intramurals.
Locker rooms were designed with a clubhouse feel, and include full video editing and replay capabilities for game review. Placing these program spaces under the structure allows for separation of spectators and players, and creates a "big venue" feel for teams as they enter the field through a midfield tunnel.
Moreover, considering the prominent location of the stadium in the city, Hope College has made the complex widely available for community and public use as well, and has already hosted high school matches, club competitions and playoff events. And, to help further the community connection, the stadium's design includes lighting for night games, which enables the athletic teams to schedule events later in the evening, rather than in the daytime during the work week.
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