LCPS Hosts Soccer Complex Ribbon Cutting
LCPS officials hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly completed LCPS soccer complex, Wednesday, Aug. 30 from 4 to 5 p.m. at the LCPS soccer complex, 1600 Tashiro Road (East of the Football Stadium).
“Soccer is very popular here in Las Cruces, so the new complex gives our students, and the community, the opportunity to play at one of the best soccer facilities in the Southwest,” said LCPS Executive Director of Athletics Ernie Viramontes. “With 16 soccer teams in the district—four at each high school— this facility helps address a growing need in the soccer community.”
The new complex includes approximately 2,716 sq. ft. of new buildings, including a new press box, bleachers, ticket booth, concession stand, a separate storage room for each high school, an equipment storage building, a training room to provide first aid for both athletes and spectators, public restrooms, two separate referee changing rooms and five soccer fields, totaling approximately 8.3 acres, complete with field lighting for evening games. The soccer complex was part of the $65 million worth of projects funded by the 2014 school bond issue.
Although the fields at the complex were completed, and subsequently used during the 2016-17 soccer season, several of the buildings in the complex didn’t finish construction until earlier this year. The district scheduled the ribbon cutting to coincide with the completion of the complex as a whole, according to LCPS officials.
The complex was designed by Steve Newby Architects and built by ESA Construction, both of which are local firms that have worked on numerous LCPS facilities over the years.
“The new fields help ease scheduling conflicts for our sports officials and allow us to schedule more evening games—which means our student-athletes no longer have to miss class for afternoon games,” Viramontes said. “Previously, we only had one field with lighting, so the majority of the soccer games had to be held in the afternoon, before it got too dark to play.”
The Field of Dreams Regional Sports Complex is an approximately 145-acre complex that includes a 12,000-seat multi-purpose football stadium, an eight-lane track, baseball and softball fields, and the newly completed soccer complex.
For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, firstname.lastname@example.org, (575) 527-5808.