For immediate release
February 1, 2010
A home field for the Kwantlen Eagles
(METRO VANCOUVER, B.C.) Kwantlen Polytechnic University and the City of Surrey are working together to develop a new all-weather field at Newton Athletic Park, which will be shared by the university and the city.
Kwantlen has committed $1.05 million to the creation of the new facility which, at a total cost of approximately $2.85 million, will become the home field for the Kwantlen Eagles’ varsity soccer program. The city’s contribution to this cost sharing project is $1.13 million, with an additional $667,000 coming from a federal government grant from Western Economic Diversification.
“This is an important development for Kwantlen as a university,” said David W. Atkinson, president and vice-chancellor of the university. “Not only will it provide a first-class facility for varsity sports, but it will make available to our students a whole range of opportunities for intramurals and recreational activity. There is no question that a facility of this quality will allow Kwantlen athletics to be positioned for future development.”
Plans for the new field include a Kwantlen scoreboard, the university’s logo at midfield and seating for 500 spectators. Since the university is cost-sharing the development of the field with the city, Surrey soccer teams will also be able to use the field and take advantage of this valuable community recreational facility.
The aim is to have the facility available for the fall 2010 soccer season.
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