With the completion of the new, highly anticipated stadium for the Grand Canyon men’s and women’s soccer programs, the Lopes ushered in a new era of GCU soccer as they began calling one of the country’s preeminent collegiate soccer stadiums home on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.
GCU Stadium is a state-of-the-art facility, which features seating capacity for more than 6,000 spectators and includes an academic wing underneath the stadium. At 41,852-square-feet, the stadium will provide 3,000 shaded individual chairback seats and is located in the heart of GCU’s campus, just east of Antelope Gym and steps away from the Student Union.
The all-natural turf is surround by a 10-foot grass berm on three sides to house 3,000 spectators. Students and alumni enjoy an exclusive tailgating area on a 2,100-square-foot raised, concrete platform on the east side for extra seating that houses the rauccous, nationally-recognized Havocs Student Section. In addition to the pitch, the complex includes a spacious indoor facility that features team locker rooms and a satellite training room. Fans also have access to a Lopes team store and a concession stand.
The facility also accommodates the new GCU Student-Athlete Academic Center. The wing serves as the epicenter for academic support which includes an expansive academic tutoring center for student-athletes. The multipurpose facility also provides two, full-sized educational classrooms.
Housed atop the grandstand at midfield, the press box provides ample amounts of room and amenities to accommodate working press and broadcast media. Individual booths provide noise and space barriers for all working media.
While GCU Soccer Stadium welcomed the Mexican national soccer team for practice during the Copa America Centenario tournament in June 2016, it hosted its first competitive match on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016 as the men’s soccer team took on Central Florida. In front of 6,402 fans -- the largest crowd to ever see a collegiate soccer game in Arizona -- the Lopes topped the Knights 4-2 to christen the stadium.
In its first season, GCU Stadium averaged 2,508 fans per match for men’s soccer, a mark which ranked No. 7 nationally.