Columbia University, winner of a record seven straight Ivy League soccer championships, announced the construction of a $1 million stadium for its soccer team.
"The new soccer stadium will be ready this fall," said Columbia Athletic Director Al Paul, "barring any unforeseen circumstances."
Paul said the stadium would be a 3,500-seat facility equipped with lights for night games and will have natural grass.
The stadium is being built with a $1 million grant from Lawrence A. Wien, a 1925 graduate of the school and a noted philanthropist who last year gave $5 million to the New York City Opera Company. Wien previously helped finance the construction of Wien Stadium for Columbia's football team in the Baker Field complex where the new soccer team will be located.