The University of Nebraska Board of Regents approved the budget for Nebraska Athletics to build on-campus soccer and tennis practice and game day facilities. At a cost of $20.4 million, the Nebraska Soccer and Tennis Complex will be housed on 28 acres owned by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on what was once the State Fair campground. The new facility will be built with private donations.
Construction will begin in May 2014. The soccer fields could be completed in time for competition in the fall of 2014. The remaining facilities will be ready for the outdoor tennis season in 2015.
The new soccer facilities will include one outdoor, lighted, full-sized competition field with seating for approximately 2,500 spectators. Facilities for tennis will include 12 lighted outdoor courts and six indoor courts with a combined total of 1,400 seats for spectators. With minor renovations, the former campground shower house will be repurposed into mechanical space and equipment storage for the soccer field maintenance and ticket windows. Approximately 600 to 800 surface parking spaces will be constructed on the site.