A windy day led to some last-minute scrambling by the UW-Superior Athletics department which had to relocate the revealing of a big announcement. A bit of a surprise announcement that was only teased by social media posts giving the date and the location. The destination was the Yellowjacket Union, where Dr. Renee Wachter took the podium with two large wooden boards with a black towel draped over them.
Finally, at 12 P.M. in the YU four athletes tore the covers off the boards and it was revealed that the long-awaited soccer and track facility would begin construction in the spring. The artificial turf field will be created through a partnership with Superior Choice Credit Union, which will have the rights to the name of the stadium. The Superior Choice Credit Union Stadium is to be built on the original location of the surprise announcement, the field behind Marcovich Wellness Center and Curran-McNeill and Ostrander Halls.
Tim Foster, who was representing Superior Choice Credit Union, said, “as a credit union we strive to work for the community and building cooperation.” This showed in the many plans they have for the stadium. Not only will it be a major part of our student-athletes lives because they will be playing and practicing in their own stadium instead of the neighboring high school’s Spartan Stadium. It will also give many other opportunities for future events, tournaments, and even some classes which will be held in the facility.
It was a major surprise for a lot of people, including the ones packed tightly in the YU. Niya Wilson, a junior on the women’s soccer team, spoke about the many opportunities it will bring to the campus and the community.
If you missed the announcement and would like to see the reaction from the students and others in the YU you can check out the stream online at Ifan.tv.