Posted 10:29 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

After years of planning and a successful capital campaign, the $16.6 million UW-La Crosse Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex has become a reality. Area residents are welcome to join in the dedication of the impressive facility. The celebration gets underway at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, in the Stadium Parking lot. The historic event, open to the public, will honor veterans and recognize donors and volunteers who helped make the project possible. The Traveling Tomb of the Unknown Solider, a replica of the memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, will be displayed in the parking lot throughout the day. Following the dedication, the UW-L football team takes on Azusa Pacific University (Calif.) in the team’s home opener at 1 p.m. UW-L leads the all-time series 2-1 after Azusa Pacific recorded a 13-10 victory in 2008 at a game played in Winona. For ticket information, contact the UW-L Athletics Office at 785.8898. For more on UW-L athletics, visit Athletics www.uwlax.edu/athletics/. If you go— What: Dedication of the UW-L Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 Where: Stadium Parking lot Admission: Free; open to the public Also: Replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Solider
Stadium Fast Facts
Budget: $16,508,921.00 Seating Capacity: 6,513 in stands ADA Seating: 58 wheelchair accessible Size of the Site: 20.02 Acres Elevation at Press Box Level: 739.5 FT Elevation at Field Level: 675.5 FT Construction Time: Started June 9, 2008; Track & Fields completed by June 5, 2009; Project completed by Sept. 1, 2009 Architect: HSR Associates, La Crosse, WI Football Playing Surface (Type and Amount of Space): Field Turf Synthetic Surface, 76,438 SF Ticket Windows: 8 Track Surface (Type and Amount of Space): Beynon Elastomeric Polyurethane with Embedded Granules, 92,044 Total SF, Track only 55,832 SF Soccer Surface (Type and Amount of Space): Natural Grass, 93,100 SF Size of Locker Rooms: Home Team Meeting Room: 1,681 SF; Visitor Team Meeting Room: 671 SF Size of Athletic Training Room: 658 SF Veterans Hall of Honor: 1,151 SF Dedicated Space, with Special Finish Package Number of Women’s Restrooms: 44 Stalls Number of Men’s Restrooms: 10 Stalls, 11 Urinals Concession Points of Sale: 4 Windows, 910 SF of Concession Space
Number of Track Venues (Jumps, Throws): 10 Lane Running Track 2 Shot Put Areas Javelin Run 2 Pole Vault Lanes 4 Long Jump/Triple Jump Pits Discuss Cage Hammer Throw Cage