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Drexel soccer venue getting upgrade

The lead $1 million challenge gift for a $3.5 project was announced Friday

A video scoreboard and expanded seating capacity are among the improvements planned as part of a $3.5 million upgrade to the soccer and lacrosse venue at Drexel University’s Vidas Athletic Complex.

Drexel Athletics announced a $1 million challenge gift for the project from university trustee and men’s lacrosse alumnus Jim Bean ‘91 and his wife Christine on Friday.

“There are many pillars that support a world class University, and athletics is a critical one,” said Jim Bean, a former Apple executive who is now an entrepreneur and seed investor in early-stage technology and healthcare companies, in a news release. “We are excited to welcome fellow Drexel alumni, parents and friends to join us in helping ensure Drexel athletics is a leading contributor to this amazing transformation.”

The improvements are expected to “enhance the overall experience of the student athletes, drive recruiting of high caliber prospects for coaches, and put Drexel Athletics on a platform to compete with other CAA venues and programs.”

Planned Improvements

  • A state-of-the-art video scoreboard that allows for in-game replays, player highlights, and sport-specific statistics
  • Replacing 900 seat bleachers with a permanent and more polished seating structure that accommodates 1600+ and includes 300+ chair back seats
  • Regrading of the North-end hill to accommodate additional seating
  • A film tower at the top of the seating structure which provides improved angles for broadcast productions and coaching videos
  • A new entrance which includes a plaza with a permanent ticket office enclosed within a branded tower
  • New functional spaces such as a concession and merchandise building; two team rooms accessible directly from the field; storage areas; an officials’ locker room; and restroom facilities