Auburn Soccer Complex
The Auburn University Soccer Complex was constructed in 1994, with the opening game in the stadium coming in a 2-1 win over the University of Mobile on Sept. 3, 1994.
|Name||Auburn Soccer Complex|
|Complex Address||730 Biggio Drive
Auburn, Ala. 36830
|Soccer Building Address||650 Lem Morrison Drive
Auburn, Ala. 36830
Auburn defeated Georgia Southern 5-1 on Sept. 27, 1994, on Stadium Dedication Day. President William V. Muse, Athletic Director David Housel and Board of Trustee member Bessie Mae Holloway presided over the dedication ceremonies at halftime.
The AU Soccer Complex had an original seating capacity of 600 and was expanded to seat 1,500 in 1995. There was another addition in the 2001 season as the Tigers added lights to the complex and remodeled the press box. In the summer of 2002, the drainage system was renovated and permanent bench covers and built-in restrooms were added.
Prior to the start of the 2005 season, the Tigers added a Daktronics scoreboard which includes video, shots, saves, corner kicks and fouls in addition to score and time of play.
In 2004, Auburn hosted not only the SEC Tournament, but was awarded its first NCAA Regional, hosting Birmingham Southern, Clemson and Washington. Auburn repeated that in 2008 when it played host to the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament, joining Belmont, Florida State and Mississippi Valley State.
Today, the AU Soccer Complex houses the six-time SEC Western Division Champion Auburn Tigers. During the 2002 season, head coach Karen Hoppa collected her 100th career victory at the AU Soccer Complex in a 4-0 win over South Alabama.
Heading into the 2009 season, the Tigers hold a 92-39-10 (.688) record at the AU Soccer Complex and posted a streak of 23 games without a loss on their home field (20-0-3) from 2001-2004. The last time Auburn suffered a loss at the AU Soccer Complex before the streak started was a tough 1-0 loss on Oct. 7, 2001 to Georgia. The streak was then broken by No. 6 Kansas on Sept. 19, 2004 in a 1-0 double-overtime loss.
Located across the street from the Auburn Athletic Complex, the soccer stadium's natural turf playing surface is 120 yards long, by 78- yards wide.
The Tigers played their inaugural season of intercollegiate soccer in 1993 at Wilbur "Bodie" Hinton Field on the Auburn campus before moving into its new home in 1994. AU defeated Spring Hill 4-0 at "Bodie" Hinton Field in the first intercollegiate soccer match in Auburn history.