Ogden Community Soccer Complex invites lacrosse and possible new name to facility

Thursday , August 13, 2015 - 1:43 PM

By BECKY WRIGHT
Standard-Examiner staff

The Ogden Community Soccer Complex may be getting a new name.

Ogden School District's Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the name during its next meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. Aug. 20. The meeting will be held in the board room of the district's administration building, 1950 Monroe Blvd., Ogden. 

The proposed name is the “Spence Eccles Ogden Community Sports Complex.” The first part of the name acknowledges a $1 million donation made by the George S. and Dolores Dore' Eccles Foundation. In addition to the school board’s vote, the name will also need to be approved by that foundation’s board.

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The second part recognizes the fact that other sports are popular in the Ogden area.

“Field 1 is dedicated exclusively to soccer, but Field 2 will be marked for soccer, lacrosse and football,” said Janis Vause, executive director of the Ogden School Foundation.


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Vause said marking a field for multiple sports is a great move.

“It just broadens the opportunities for a larger number of athletes,” she said, emphasizing that young athletes will benefit.

Lacrosse is not a sport sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association, but many schools have teams that play as a club sport.

“There is a growing interest throughout the county,” said Zac Williams, Ogden School District's spokesman.

The complex is being built on land owned by Ogden School District, northeast of the administration building. Money for construction has been raised by a committee of community members, in partnership with the Ogden School Foundation.

Turf has already been installed on Field 1. Ogden High School's girl's soccer team will test the field, and their own skills, in a pre-season match against Ben Lomond High at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14.

The second field is now being prepared for turf. The complex will eventually have three fields, but a decision on marking the third field has not been finalized, according to Williams.

A formal opening and dedication of the sports complex will be held in the fall, when Field 2 and a building housing a ticket office, concessions and restrooms, are completed.

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