​Ceremony for $8 million complex scheduled

Greg Cornwell | Staff Photographer Freshman forward Alexis Pelafas readies to cross the ball against Illinois State Sunday afternoon at the CMU Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium. The Chippewas lost to the Redbirds, 1-0 in overtime.

Central Michigan University’s Athletic Department will host the grand opening of its new soccer, lacrosse and student recreation facility on Thursday.

The event is not open to the public.

The reception is at 3 p.m. on the north concourse of the stadium to begin the event, with a short program at 3:45 p.m., followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony on the field.

Housing the lacrosse and soccer programs, the new synthetic turf facility will also play host to CMU’s club soccer and lacrosse teams.

The $8 million complex which was approved by the CMU Board of Trustees will include locker and team rooms along with a fully-operational press box, concession areas, a scoreboard and seating that will accommodate roughly 1,000 fans.

The soccer team dropped its first game in the stadium on Sunday 1-0 to Illinois State in double overtime.