Lynn University’s championship soccer teams and new lacrosse program to get new home
Published Jan. 23, 2013
Lynn University will officially break ground on the Bobby Campbell Stadium, which will be home to its national championship soccer teams and a new lacrosse program, at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 13. The groundbreaking ceremony will take place on the grounds of the stadium-to-be (near the Intramural Field), at which time renderings of the stadium will be unveiled and made available. The ceremony is free and open to the public.
With shovels in tow, many of the donors who have contributed to the project are expected to be in attendance and participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking dubbed the “golden shovel ceremony,” including Robert (“Bobby”) Campbell, the lead donor who provided $1.2 million for the construction of the stadium.
The new stadium, designed by the Gensler architectural firm, will be a lighted facility which will include covered stands with a plaza area and seating for 500 spectators.
20 National Championships
“Bobby Campbell Stadium will be a game changer for our championship athletics program at Lynn,” President Kevin M. Ross said. “With 20 national championships, we've always had extremely accomplished student-athletes and dedicated coaches and staff. Now, we'll have an outstanding and intimate venue for our campus and community to experience our Fighting Knights under the lights.”
The Fighting Knights soccer teams will soon have a stadium worthy of their recent success:
- the men's soccer team took home the 2012 NCAA Division II national championship, its 4th and the school's 20th overall
- men's soccer head coach John Rootes was named NCAA Division II CaptianU College Coach of the Year
- the men's soccer team earned the top grade point average in the nation among all NCAA men’s soccer Division I, II and III teams
- the women's soccer team also boasts 4 national championships, giving Lynn soccer a combined 8 titles between the two genders
- in 2011, the women's soccer team reached the Sweet 16, its best showing since claiming the 1998 NCAA Division II national title
- the two squads have combined for 144 All-America selections since the inception of the programs
The newly built stadium also allows Lynn to expand its athletic offerings to include lacrosse. Brian Kingsbury was recently named the inaugural head coach of the men’s lacrosse program. Kingsbury is tasked with building the program from scratch and leading it into NCAA and Sunshine State Conference competition for the 2014 season. Kingsbury helmed Saint Michael’s College last season, leading the Purple Knights to one of their most successful seasons. Not only the first head lacrosse coach at Lynn, Kingsbury will be the original NCAA lacrosse coach in South Florida.
“The entire university is excited about welcoming the community and current soccer fans and future Lynn lacrosse fans to campus this time next year to support our NCAA Division II soccer champions and inaugural lacrosse team in a comfortable and fun game day environment,” added Senior Vice President for Administration Greg Malfitano.