Ground Broken For Curtice Gate During Emotional Ceremony

July 31, 2010

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - In a moving and often emotional ceremony, UCSB Athletics, Chancellor Henry Yang, members of the Curtice Family and involved donors from The Gaucho Order officially broke ground on the Curtice Gate.

The Curtice Gate, which will include a ticket-holder entrance, will have a paved plaza area that will open-up to the expanse of Meredith Field at Harder Stadium with the Santa Ynez Mountains as a backdrop. The Gate will be situated on the corner of Harder South and Stadium Road. It will serve as a welcoming entrance to a stadium that once played host to Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packer practices prior to the first Super Bowl, and has hosted numerous campus events, such as the annual Extravaganza concerts.

Named for the legendary former UCSB football coach and Athletics Director "Cactus" Jack Curtice, the Curtice Gate project is one of several upgrades to Meredith Field at Harder Stadium in preparation for the 2010 NCAA Men's College Cup set for December 10-12. In addition to the Curtice Gate the stadium upgrades will also include a new concessions area, a state-of-the-art irrigation system and re-sodded playing surface, a new scoreboard with video capabilities, and an upgraded press box.

The nearly $2-million in upgrades, which have been undertaken as UCSB prepares to host its first NCAA Championship event in 35 years, is being funded in large part by generous donations to athletics with no student fee money used. The upgrades to Harder Stadium are also the first steps in the "Walk of Champions" plan to improve and enhance athletics and recreation facilities for student-athletes, campus, and community comfort, safety, and entertainment.

"I'm excited for what's upcoming in hosting the College Cup," said Director of Athletics Mark Massari. "Along with the amazing program that Tim (Vom Steeg) has built, our campus, donors to athletics, and the community have made soccer something special in Santa Barbara. I couldn't be happier for us to celebrate this at the groundbreaking for the Curtice Gate. I've always said that what's neat about Santa Barbara is the people. I'm so proud that a bunch of people that are friends to UCSB, who care about this place and their former coach, rallied around the idea to make this happen."

Speakers included Massari, Chancellor Yang, Head Men's Soccer Coach Tim Vom Steeg, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor Marc Fisher, alumnus and Chairman of The Gaucho Order (UCSB letterwinners program) John Keever, and Jim Curtice, the son of "Cactus" Jack who gave both a stirring tribute to his father and an emotional lift to current Gaucho student-athletes. "To those of you who get to walk through the Curtice Gate, play on Meredith Field at Harder Stadium on this beautful new field, I have one thing to say," Curtice said. "I wish I was you."

Season tickets for the 2010 Gaucho soccer season are now on sale. Among the season ticket packages is the Family Plan. For just $175, families will get two adult tickets and three youth tickets to all men's and women's regular season home games, and two Men's College Cup all-session tickets. All kids tickets will also include a free membership in GKids, UCSB Athletics' kid's club.

All season ticket packages include tickets for the 2010 College Cup, being hosted by UCSB on Dec. 10-12 at Meredith Field at Harder Stadium. Individual season tickets start at just $75 and include one ticket to all home men and women's regular season games and one College Cup All Session ticket. UCSB staff and faculty can purchase their season tickets for a reduced rate of $50.

Also, for each season ticket purchased before the men's Sept. 7 match against Creighton, the buyer will receive the exclusive season ticket holder Soccer Heaven scarf.

For more information about soccer season tickets, click here.

The One Donation is Gold system allows donors to purchase priority/premium seating and parking at UCSB games across several sports in addition to other benefits. For more information on One Donation is Gold, click here.

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