Athletics & Recreation / Magazine Feature

University of Denver dedicates soccer stadium

A sellout crowd of 2,083 helped DU dedicate its new soccer pitch — CIBER Field — April 17 as the Pioneers took on Wyoming and Fort Lewis College.

The field is named for CIBER Inc., a pure-play international IT outsourcing and software implementation and integration consultancy based in Greenwood Village, Colo. CIBER’s contributions were instrumental in building the field, and it provides ongoing support to Pioneer Athletics.

The University of Denver Soccer Stadium opened for play in August 2009. The $9.2 million complex includes a stadium, lighted playing field, and strength and conditioning center for Pioneers Division I student-athletes.

“This soccer stadium is the last jewel in our crown of beautiful facilities at the Ritchie Center,” said Athletics Vice Chancellor Peg Bradley-Doppes, adding that DU plans to use the stadium to host conference tournaments and NCAA tournaments.

“This was a special night for Denver soccer,” men’s soccer head coach Bobby Muuss said. “Not only did we get to celebrate the dedication ceremony with so many of the people who put in so much hard work to get this stadium built, but we brought a sellout crowd out to watch soccer in this beautiful facility.”

After the women’s soccer team battled regional rival Wyoming to a 0–0 tie, the men took on 2009 NCAA Division II national champion Fort Lewis College but fell 4–1 to the Skyhawks.

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