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Oct. 18, 2000

Tulsa, Oklahoma - A new era in the Tulsa men soccer program begins this Friday when the Golden Hurricane hosts Western Kentucky in the inaugural game of the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex on The University of Tulsa campus (8th and Delaware) at 7:35 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

For the first time in the 20-year history of the Hurricane men's soccer program, Tulsa has its first all-grass, on-campus facility to call home. Prior to the 2000 campaign, the Golden Hurricane played on the artificial surface at Skelly Stadium. This season, TU played its first six home games at McAuliffe Field.

"The Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex is a dream come true for The University of Tulsa and the TU men's and women's soccer programs," Head Coach Tom McIntosh said. "Playing our games on grass and on campus definitely benefits our team. It allows the entire campus community the convenience of watching our team play right here in our own back yard. It will provide our team with a true home field advantage and could be the final piece of the puzzle in helping our program to consistently rank among the nation's top-25 programs."

Western Kentucky enters Friday's contest 5-9 overall and 3-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference standings. The match marks just the second meeting between the two schools. TU leads the overall series, 1-0, after claiming a 2-0 victory during the 1996 campaign.

The University of Tulsa broke ground on the Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex on February 18, 2000. The 30-acre development to the west of Delaware Avenue will extend from 10th Street to Fourth Place and Delaware Avenue to Columbia Avenue.

The complex, named in honor of TU alumna Donna Hardesty, will be completed in two phases over the next two years. Plans for the development include a soccer field, softball field, track, multi-purpose recreational field, tennis center, student health and fitness center, student apartments and additional campus parking.

The Donna J. Hardesty Sports Complex is part of a 10-year TU master plan for campus development. The new complex, with its fully lighted, park-like setting, will enhance the residential environment on campus while providing state-of-the-art athletic and recreation facilities for both student-athletes and the entire TU student body.

"This complex will serve a dual purpose as an athletic and recreational facility," said President Lawless. "Our student-athletes in soccer, softball, tennis, and track and field will at long last have a home on campus for practice and intercollegiate competition. Equally as important, the rest of our student body will have fields for intramural competition and a health and fitness center for pursuing wellness goals alongside academic ones."