Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium
Completed in August, 2004, renovations to Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium (formerly the Mountaineer Soccer Complex) have made the home of men's and women's soccer at West Virginia University one of the nation's finest facilities.
The facility has now served host to two conference championships and numerous NCAA tournament regionals.
The stadium itself, named in honor of a generous gift on behalf of Mr. Dlesk, is a two-level, 1,650-seat stadium that features grandstand bleachers, a five booth press box, an on-site locker room, restrooms and concession booths.
The stadium was dedicated on Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, prior to the women's match against Virginia and the men's match versus High Point.
In May 2010, the stadium’s sod was removed, and after the surface was laser-leveled to ensure better irrigation and production performance, natural grass was laid down, giving the field an iridescent, brand new look.
Conveniently located beside the Coliseum, Dick Dlesk Soccer Stadium first opened as the Mountaineer Soccer Complex in 1997. Since its inception, the facility has seen many great achievements by both the men's and women's soccer teams.
The men's team opened the complex by posting winning seasons in two out of the complex's first three years. During WVU's first full season at DDSS in 2004, the squad posted a solid 8-1-1 record at home, including a win over No. 8 Notre Dame. In 2005, the men played host to the first round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1973, defeating Robert Morris 1-0 to advance to the second round.
Big wins for the women have come against Rutgers and Ohio State in 1997, Seton Hall and Pitt in 1998 and Notre Dame in 2002; in November 2003 the Mountaineers shut out Ohio State, 3-0, to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history, and in 2010, the Mountaineer knocked off fifth-ranked Virginia 1-0.
West Virginia women's soccer won its first postseason match ever with a 2-0 win over Miami in the Big East quarterfinals at the complex, and they also earned their first NCAA tournament victory in November of 2002 with a 3-0 win over Loyola (Md.).
Over the past nine seasons, Dick Dlesk Stadium has been the site of numerous conference and NCAA championships.
In 2007, the WVU set the facility record with an overflow crowd of 3,000 to watch the Mountaineer women battle top-ranked USC in an NCAA tournament Elite Eight match. In 2009, the men established the regular season facility record with a crowd of 2,938 against UC-Santa Barbara.