This Saturday the Lady Vol soccer program will enter a new era with the premiere of the Regal Soccer Stadium. Since the program’s inception in 1996, the Lady Vol soccer teams have posted an impressive 139-83-14 record; the team ended the 2006 season with 12 wins, seven losses and appearances in the SEC and NCAA tournaments.
A dedication ceremony begins at 5:45 p.m.; with the official “first kick” scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Fans will receive free admission to the dedication ceremony and the Lady Vols exhibition match-up with Carson Newman following the festivities at 7 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will also receive a free visor compliments of Regal Cinemas.
“With the completion of the new 3,000-seat stadium, our program will continue to compete at the national level and have the opportunities to host SEC and NCAA tournaments,” said Angela Kelly, head coach for the women’s soccer team. “The partnership with Regal Entertainment Group is a testament to how a local business organization can support our local student-athletes.”
Regal Soccer Stadium includes permanent stands, a press box, and new restrooms and concession stands. The stadium will be located at the current site off Neyland Drive. It will be built to be enlarged as demand warrants and interest in Lady Vol soccer continues to grow.
“In order for all of our athletic programs to continue to attract national recruits, it is imperative that we not only compete with, but surpass, our competition,” stated Joan Cronan, University of Tennessee women’s athletics director. “With the support of the Regal Entertainment Group, our programs will continue to compete for national championships every season.”
“It has been a pleasure of mine to work with Mike Campbell and Greg Dunn,” Cronan continued. “Their generous contribution will allow our soccer program to be one of the best in the country.”
“We are excited to help kick off this year’s Lady Vol’s soccer season with the premiere of the Regal Soccer Stadium. Head soccer coach Ange Kelly has done a tremendous job in her six seasons with the Lady Vol,” stated Mike Campbell, Regal Entertainment Group CEO and chairman. “We believe the new Regal Soccer Stadium will help provide the University of Tennessee with the resources needed to support Coach Kelly’s efforts to establish the Lady Vol soccer team as one of the elite national programs.”
Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information & Public Relations