UALR soccer players travel to Burns Park in North Little Rock for practice and home matches, a round-trip that can take up to an hour each day. Track and field athletes practice frequently at Forest Heights Middle School and travel for all of their outdoor meets.
Not for long.
Dave Millay, associate vice chancellor for facilities management, is a frequent visitor to the construction site of UALR’s new outdoor recreation and sports complex.
The facility will feature an eight-lane synthetic track, a regulation turf soccer field, areas for field events such as javelin, shot put and discuss. Meanwhile, there will be seating for 300 spectators and areas to add up to 600 more seats, plus a parking area for 118 cars. Most importantly UALR’s track and field and soccer teams will have a permanent, on-campus facility to call home.
Intramural sports will also benefit tremendously. Kenny Early, director of Campus Recreation, says the facility will support flag football, soccer, softball, ultimate frisbee and kickball, to name a few.
In December 2010, Coleman Dairy gifted of the 10-acre parcel of land, valued at $115,000, to make the construction of the facility possible.