The Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex
University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart announced that Kentucky's new $7.7 million dollar soccer complex will be named the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex, after longtime UK Athletics supporters Wendell and Vickie Bell.
The Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex houses separate facilities for the men's and women's programs, including new team rooms, player lounges, locker areas, coaches offices, press box and a gorgeous new grandstand. Combined with the 2011 additions of a $100,000 playing surface, a new video tower and a video board, it immediately sets the standard for college soccer facilities.
The new facility, completed in the spring of 2014, will be ready to be showcased for the fall season. The opening of the stadium will come on Sunday, August 31 as the UK women will face Ohio University at 2 p.m. ET and followed by the men's team playing Belmont at 4 p.m. ET.
"I can think of no greater way to say thank you to a couple that means so much to UK Athletics than to name our state-of-the-art soccer facility after Wendell and Vickie," Barnhart said. "They embody humility, caring and love for the student-athletes and staff that work here at the University. We are so appreciative of their friendship and their continued support of our programs."
"Wendell and Vickie embody the best of what it means to be a friend of the university," UK President Dr. Eli Capilouto said. "They have given us not only of their resources, they have given generously of their time and with their hearts to our student-athletes. The honor today of naming our new soccer complex is an appropriate way to say thank you for their commitment and dedication to the University of Kentucky and our students whom we all serve."
UK worked with Luckett & Farley, the largest architectural firm in Kentucky, to design the stadium.