May 7, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. -- Northern Illinois will add lights to the Soccer/Track and Field Complex, to be installed prior to the upcoming fall soccer season, NIU officials announced today.
"I have always felt that having lights on our field is the final piece to the ideal facilities puzzle here at NIU,” said Huskie men’s soccer head coach Eric Luzzi. “When I look at the Convocation Center, the Yordon Center, the first-class academic support offices, the soon to be completed Chessick Practice Center and our state of the art turf soccer facility, I honestly believe that our facilities are among the best in the country. I feel fortunate to be a part of what is going on at NIU and I am immeasurably proud to be the men's soccer coach here. These top notch facilities enable us to provide a top notch experience for our student-athletes, which is what it is all about for us at NIU."
“We are so happy and grateful for these lights on the Soccer/Track and Field Complex,” said NIU women’s soccer head coach John Ross. “This changes our program in so many ways. Our student-athletes will have more flexibility when scheduling classes, it will make it easier for fans to attend games and it gives our student-athletes an incredible athletic experience. It shows the hard work of our administration and the continuing progress of Northern Illinois University.”
“The addition of lights to the Soccer/Track and Field Complex is a huge asset,” said NIU Track and Field Head Coach Connie Teaberry. “This will improve the quality of our recruiting and what we can offer student-athletes in training and competition. It will also give us the ability to adjust our schedules to our community, enabling us to set later start times when necessary. I have been at NIU for nine years, witnessing the vision and hard work of our university and administration come to fruition with the Yordon Center, the Soccer/Track and Field Complex, the Chessick Practice Center and now lights. It shows the dedication to make Northern Illinois University Athletics the choice where the sky is the limit.”
Completed prior to the 2008-09 academic year, the NIU Soccer/Track & Field Complex features an eight-lane track conducive to both training and competition, and includes an eight-lane straightaway. Thanks to a "sandwich system" that layers two synthetic materials, the new track surface will be nearly impermeable to damage from rain and snow.
The turf has a FIFA 2-Star quality rating, meaning it measures up to the highest standards of artificial soccer surface available.