Illinois announces Demirjian Park

Illini soccer, track and field set to get new $18 million complex

CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) -- The University of Illinois is getting a new soccer stadium along with a renovated track and field complex, thanks to one of the biggest single gifts in Illini athletics history.

The Demirjian family will donate $7 million dollars to create Demirjian Park. The new $18 million facility will give both programs their own venues, something that’s never happened.

"I think what's most exciting about this is it will give our student-athletes a home," Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman said. "It will give them a place where they can have time together, where they can pursue excellence in every facet of their experience. This will be a source of pride for them, for our community, and it will be a home for these student-athletes, one that they truly have never had."

The soccer portion is expected to be completed by 2019, the track and field reno in time for the 2021 season, allowing them to host the Big Ten Outdoor Championships. Demirjian Park will sit across the street from the Demirjian Golf Facility. This is the same family that made the golf practice facility possible back in 2007.

The shared complex will have two soccer fields, one for practice and one for competition. In between the track and field and soccer fields will be team facilities housing locker rooms, meeting rooms, sports medicine and coaches' offices, among other amenities.


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