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.
GCU Practice Field
A running track surrounds this full-length field on the west side of the GCU campus. The GCU Track is home to the GCU Running Club and GCU Triathlon Club. It has also hosted several big matches for GCU Men’s Rugby and GCU Women’s Rugby over the past years.
Grove Fields & Pool
Grove Fields are where GCU Spirit Club, GCU Flag Football and GCU Ultimate work on their skills and compete. These two artificial turf fields are conveniently located in close proximity to the freshman dorms in the northwest corner of campus.
Just north of Grove Fields is the Grove Pool, which serves as the training ground for GCU’s Triathlon club and Swimming club.
Prescott Field is home to the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams, men’s and women’s club soccer teams and the Ultimate Frisbee club. The field’s AstroFlect turf reflects sunlight to help the turf stay cooler for games with hot temperatures. On each end of the field, there is 12-foot-tall netting to stop missed shots.
Prescott Field is the place to catch all the action during the Lopes’ highly competitive lacrosse and club soccer seasons.
Lopes Performance Center
A hub for activities by students, athletes, faculty and staff, the Lopes Performance Center is integral to the success of every team and individual associated with GCU's varsity athletics program. Centrally located on campus, it is open year-round and houses the Performance Athletics and Sports Medicine facilities.
Since opening in October of 2010, the performance center is home to the year-round training regimen that each team endures while pursuing Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and national titles. The 65,554-square-foot facility houses the primary strength and conditioning facility on campus, including more than $500,000 worth of state-of-the-art equipment.
Along with strength and conditioning areas open to all student-athletes and three basketball courts. The Sanctuary is a multipurpose room used to provide student-athletes with yoga, pilates and spin classes, while teams have a multimedia room at their disposal to review games. With the renovations that were completed in the summer of 2018, the downstairs weight room, designated to GCU's varsity athletes, expanded by 7,106 square feet with the addition of a refueling station and additional weightlifting space.
Antelope Gymnasium opened in 1994 and hosts all of Grand Canyon University’s NCAA men's volleyball contests and dozens of amateur tournaments and other year-round events. It also housed men's and women's basketball until GCU Arena opened, and women's volleyball until they moved into GCU Arena full time in 2017.
The on-campus facility is a school color-coordinated purple and black 1,500-seat capacity venue, and it is a part of a larger facility that encompasses the old Antelope Gymnasium. Antelope Gymnasium is known for it's intimate atmosphere where fans can almost stand and touch the players, creating a loud and difficult place to play for opponents.
Canyon Activity Center
The Canyon Activity Center is the newest jewel of the athletic facilities on the GCU campus. The CAC is a 136,000-square-foot athletic facility that houses 10 full-size basketball and volleyball courts, each of which has its own scoreboard for individual games and tournaments. The center also includes a weight room, dedicated locker rooms and a full-service Lopes Mart. Mats are available for wrestling, club spirit and mixed martial arts teams.
Students can also challenge themselves on the brand-new rock-climbing wall, play fellow students on five different ping-pong tables or try to add your name to the leaderboard on our arcade games. The CAC has been host to the Mountain West Volleyball Conference Championships, the Arizona Women’s Basketball League title game and the Arizona Acapella Festival (hosted by GCU Club Acapella).
The six-lane bowling alley in Thunder Alley, located in Thunderground, is where the GCU Men’s and Women’s Bowling teams practice as well as host their annual “Grudge Match” with Arizona State University each fall. Bowling lanes are oiled before every practice and are available seven days a week.
Thunderground is also home to GCU Club Acapella’s Fall and Spring Showcase, who take the stage at least twice a year in front of a packed house for a series of performances from the club’s talented singers.