Garvey-Rosenthal Soccer Stadium has a new look this season with the recent completion of the Jane Justin Field House on the north side of the stadium.
According to GoFrogs.com, the new complex offers many amenities that were not available to players in the past. It includes home and visitor locker rooms, an officials’ locker room, a training room, a sports medicine office, a conference room for coaches and a wrap-around viewing terrace.
Associate Athletics Director and Senior Woman Administrator Kim Johnson said the new space was a significant improvement because each player had a locker with storage space for equipment and personal items.
Johnson said the new field house allows for players to shower after games on-site, unlike in the past where they had to shower at their respective homes. Players previously used a storage shed at the stadium as a changing room on game days.
Senior midfielder Jackie Torda said she thought the overall quality of university buildings, including the Jane Justin Field House, was excellent.
“I would put the Jane Justin Field House up there with the best of [the buildings]. It is an incredible building and one that will really help take our program to the next level,” she said.
Johnson said construction of the field house, approximately 5,000 square feet, cost $1.8 million.
The complex had its first public debut Aug. 22 with the Frog’s home opener against Texas Southern University.
“The new facility was well-received by the team, coaches, officials and fans,” Johnson said. “Every group remarked about how beautiful and functional the Jane Justin Field House [is].”
Torda said the construction of the field house meant the soccer program had a building it could take pride in.
Johnson said there would be more benefits to the soccer program in the future.
“This facility will enhance their experience as student-athletes and it will make our program more attractive to prospective student-athletes,” she said.