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Having the neighbors – lots of them – in!

Trine University has reason to celebrate, and they′re inviting the community over to share their excitement.

The new Zollner Athletic Stadium, the centerpiece of the university′s athletics, will open for the fall football season. Trine Athletics has invited the public to Community Night to see the first game under the new field lights, a contest against Manchester College, on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Ticket prices will be reduced in celebration of the historic event.

The new lights have been in Thunder Athletics′ plan for some time, and will expand practice times for student–athletes and allow for the viewing of night games and matches long after the excitement of Community Night fades. The stadium will support men and women′s soccer, men and women′s lacrosse, football and the new women′s field hockey program this fall.

During day games, home fans will occupy the sunny side of the field in the bleachers of the new stadium building, which is engineered to serve 5,000 fans. A brick exterior with gables, green metal roof and glass-front suites that convert to guest rooms blend the architecture harmoniously with the revitalized campus.

An athletic support building with new locker rooms, coaches′ offices, training room, classroom and weight room have been added. The second floor will include media and press boxes, a hospitality room and Thunder Club deck. A new skyway will protect fans from Park Street traffic by routing them from the University Center to the new stadium.

The new stadium will enhance the acclaim of the growing Thunder football program, already ranked as high as fifth in Division III NCAA pre-season polls, and give younger programs like lacrosse and field hockey a strong resource for development during their nascent years.

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