The University of Kentucky will officially dedicate the Wendell & Vickie Bell Soccer Complex this Sunday as part of its men and women's soccer teams' opening weekend at home.
The UK women host Francis Marion on Friday in the first game to be played in the new $7.7 million facility, named after two longtime UK Athletics supporters. Admission is free.
The official dedication ceremony begins at noon on Sunday, with scheduled speakers to include UK President Eli Capilouto, Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart, men's soccer coach Johan Cedergren and women's soccer coach Jon Lipsitz. The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a commemorative soccer ball bell.
A scheduled doubleheader starts at 2 p.m. The UK women will host Ohio, followed by the UK men's home opener versus Belmont. Admission to both games is free.
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Fans will be able to tour the Bell Soccer Complex prior to the doubleheader beginning about 12:15 p.m. The university will host a free soccer clinic for all eighth-grade students and under at the facility beginning at 12:45 p.m. Face-painting and inflatable activities will get underway at 1 p.m.
The Kentucky women opened their season last weekend in Seattle, losing to Washington 4-1 on Friday, Aug. 22 before defeating Seattle 2-1 in overtime Sunday. The UK men visit Wright State to kick off their season on Friday.