Bulldog soccer gets new home


Photo by Kelly Price

This fall, Mississippi State soccer ushered in a new era with the opening of a 3,500-square-foot clubhouse adjacent to the soccer field. The $1.9 million building features the first on-field locker room in program history.

In addition to the 1,000-square-foot locker room, the building also boasts a film room, lounge, conference room, treatment space, equipment and laundry areas, and a kitchen. Before the opening of this facility, the team was housed in Humphrey Coliseum, across the street from the soccer field.

“It’s logistically better and a much nicer facility,” explained Bo Hemphill, senior associate athletic director for development. “It’s one of those things you do for student-athlete welfare, and it will have a tremendous impact in recruiting and the overall experience of our student athletes.

“People see the improvements at the football, basketball and baseball facilities but really, the Olympic-sport improvements are as impactful as anything.”

Paid for by the Bulldog Club, the MSU Soccer Clubhouse is part of more than $125 million in athletic facility improvements that have been started or completed in the last decade. Among those projects are the expansion of Davis Wade Stadium and construction of the Mize Pavilion and Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex, as well as growth in Olympic-sport venues including softball’s Nusz Park, the Mike Sanders Track and Field Complex and the new golf practice facility.