Simon Fraser University - Central Washington University GNAC NCAA football at Terry Fox Field

Simon Fraser University - Central Washington University GNAC NCAA football at Terry Fox Field

SFU unveils new covered stadium for NCAA athletes, students

Simon Fraser University is the only Canadian school with teams competing in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

By year 2020, watching soccer, football or track and field in the rain will be a thing of the past at Simon Fraser University.

The Burnaby-based university will soon be breaking ground on the first phase of the student-led stadium project, which will be built into the hillside at Terry Fox field.

The new stadium will include seating for approximately 1,800 people, a full roof, washrooms and a media centre.

Right now, students have no over-head cover while watching outdoor games on campus.

The project will be funded through a $10-million contribution from the Simon Fraser Student Society, and the university.

As a part of the agreement, the university will provide any additional funding necessary to complete the first phase of the project, while the student society will contribute funds from a new student levy to the University from 2019-2030.

SFU says it will contribute an additional $50,000 annually to assist undergraduate students (SFSS members) experiencing financial challenges as a result of the levy.

“Having a home stadium on campus will attract more students to our games and give us a true home field advantage,” said Jordan Herdman, a linebacker for the SFU football team and fourth-year student.

“Playing in front of home fans means the world to an athlete because they know that everybody in the crowd is cheering for them.”