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Rise: Clive Charles Soccer Complex
Since its opening in 1990, Merlo Field has been considered a premier player's venue; it is among the best soccer pitches in the country and its quality has attracted dozens of professional and international teams to the University for soccer "friendlies." It's also well known for its stadium design. Created in the image of British soccer stadiums, Merlo Field heightens the fan experience, putting fans right on the sidelines to create a friendly environment for the home team, a distraction for the visiting team, and enhance the player-fan relationship.
In 2007, the University of Portland built the Clive Charles Soccer Complex around Merlo Field to create a premier soccer venue -- one that offers all the amenities to fans on the sidelines, and players on and off the field.
- New ticket booths and entry gate for quicker entry.
- New paved and wider concourses and covered meeting areas.
- Improved concession areas.
- New restrooms in the complex.
- The Clive Charles Plaza, a permanent memorial to the legendary coach.
- A Pilot story wall featuring photography, text, and reflections.
Upgrades on the Field
Pru Pitch--a practice field--is used by Pilot soccer players, visiting international and professional teams, intramurals sports, and summer camp youth. The synthetic practice field—“FieldTurf”—offers all-weather playability, low maintenance, and unlimited playing time. Perfect for training during Portland’s rainiest months of November and December as the Pilots’ fine-tune their skills for post-season play. Tough enough to withstand more than 2,000 soccer-cleated feat of summer camp attendees. Accessible for intramural soccer, football, Frisbee and more.
Upgrades in the Locker RoomBuilt in 1984, the women’s locker rooms had been used by more than 1,500 student-athletes. The space became woefully undersized for the number of women it accommodated and it did not meet Title IX compliance standards. The new locker space has three separate locker areas (for soccer, volleyball, and track), private shower and toilet facilities, and cushioned flooring.