VIDEO: Women’s sports given major boost in California


University of Southern California (USC) has announced a state-of-the-art facility for its women’s lacrosse and soccer teams. The US$38m project will begin by the end of the year, replacing and expanding upon Soni McAlister Field.

“Rawlinson Stadium will be the place for the Women of Troy to dazzle us with their athletic prowess even more,” said USC President Carol L. Folt said. “I love making this announcement during a milestone year: the 50th anniversary of Title IX. USC’s commitment to women in sports is stronger than ever,” added Folt.

Rawlinson Stadium will feature a natural grass playing surface with a total capacity of 2,500 — including spectator viewing decks and social spaces, a state-of-the-art press box, spectator restrooms, a box office, concession stands and a formal entry plaza.

Rawlinson Stadium will also have new, dedicated locker rooms for the soccer and lacrosse teams, as well as a team meeting area, sports medicine space, nutrition fuelling bar and a meeting space for coaches. The field itself will feature an LED video board, stadium-wide audio system and field lights.

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