In 1995, Florida State introduced women’s soccer as its 17th varsity sport. As a new state-of-the-art complex was in the planning stages, the team played its first three seasons on a renovated intramural field while Tully Gym housed the Seminole locker room. By the spring of 1998, Florida State’s dream of a new complex started to become a reality, as ground was broken for the new facility and construction began. Although the new facility was not completed, the Seminoles began playing on their new field in the fall of 1998. The 1999 season marked the first full season in the new Seminole Soccer Complex, which is regarded as one of the nation’s best with its new top-playing surface.
“I have had a chance to travel around the U.S. for years and I don’t believe I have seen a better facility in the country than the one we have here at Florida State,” said head coach Mark Krikorian. “It is part of what attracted me to come here and it is a reflection on the commitment the athletic department has to excellence and to this soccer program. The playing surface is beautiful and plays like some of the greatest stadiums anywhere. It is an intimate setting with gorgeous locker rooms and amazing offices for the coaches. If there is a better athletic facility in the country, I haven’t seen it as of yet.”
The state-of-the-art Seminole Soccer Complex includes ticket and concession buildings and a spacious press box, including press seating, radio/television booths and high-speed internet access. The two-level Mary Ann Stiles & Barry Smith Team Building houses the coaches’ offices which overlook the soccer field, a reception area, a combined workroom, large team and coaches locker rooms, visiting team locker rooms and training and equipment rooms. The team building underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to the second floor beginning in October of 2008. The expansion to the second floor will include new offices, a team meeting room, tradition space for both sports and a player lounge.
FSU’s commitment to the success of the soccer program continues to show with the latest upgrades to the facility. Florida State unveiled a brand new video scoreboard in 2006. The board uses the same technology that is used at most outdoor professional stadiums. The ProStar is capable of displaying video clips, live video, animation, player headshots, graphics and statistics in 4.3 trillion colors.
The Seminole Soccer Complex, which is adjacent to the FSU Softball Complex, is located between Dick Howser Baseball Stadium and Mike Long Track on Spirit Way. The facility can be accessed from both Spirit Way and Stadium Drive.