by Randall Gee

Lights were installed at Knoles Field, aka the "sunken field," for Pacific Soccer. The lights are just the first phase of a planned upgrade for the future home of Tiger Soccer.

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Lights Installed At Knoles Field

The lights are the first phase of a major upgrade to the new home of Tiger Soccer
Sep 5, 2012

Phase one of the upgrade for Knoles Field is underway. Lights have been installed to illuminate the field during Pacific soccer games.

The upgrade is part of the much anticipated move of Pacific soccer into the West Coast Conference (WCC) next year. Since 1993, the Tigers have made their home in Amos Alonzo Stagg Memorial Stadium. However, Stagg Stadium was officially closed in January 2012 due to erosion, maintenance and safety issues. With the loss of Stagg, the Tigers moved to their new home at Knoles Field, a new home which needs support in order to be ready for the Tigers in the fall of 2012.

As part of the first phase of the upgrade, the lights were installed at the end of August and then were charged up - a process of keeping the lights on for several days in a row to break them in. A scoreboard is expected to be erected in the near future. Phase 2 will add a 500 sq. ft. press box, eastside and westside seating, fencing, gate access and a sound system. Phase 3 will add a 3,600 sq. ft. clubhouse with soccer and softball locker rooms, visiting locker room, meeting room, athletic training room, referees room, equipment storage room, restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, concession stands and a box office.

The Tigers have launched a fundraising campaign to help with the upgrades. Donations can be spread out over a 5-year period. For example, a donor can pledge a total of $1,000 and pay $200 each year for the next 5 years, or work out another schedule to fit their needs.

The Tigers have a long tradition of spirited competition in the sport of NCAA Soccer. The Women's Soccer intercollegiate program has been successfully guided by Keith & Michelle Coleman since 1994.  Men's Soccer has been a Club Sport at Pacific since 1986; however, with Pacific's return to the WCC in 2013-14, Men's Soccer is again being upgraded to intercollegiate status and will begin Division I play in the WCC in 2015-16.

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