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As we pursued our own dream of athletic expansion, it became clear that our Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium would be bigger than MVNU. Much bigger. Providing modern practice and competition space to foster individual and team development — and serve as the foundation to build championship athletic programs — was just the beginning.

So much has transpired since we launched our vision of a Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium in 2018. We merged our dream into an even bigger endeavor — The Education Gateway — which has already resulted in major impacts on youth, high school, and collegiate athletics. Collaboration with various community partners led to the construction of incredible athletic facilities including Mount Vernon High School’s Energy Fieldhouse, the Knox County Foundation Community Fields, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University Trail, and of course our stadium.

With the completion of Phase 1, our soccer and lacrosse teams found a new home as well as an elevated game and competition experience with a turf field, lights, and scoreboard. They now have a more visible home field with more flexibility in scheduling. In addition, our partnership with the Mount Vernon YMCA and Mount Vernon Soccer Association places hundreds of young soccer players on the Knox County Community Fields several days a week during the soccer seasons increasing the activity and energy along The Education Gateway.

As we move closer to the opening of the Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium, our excitement is building to finally merge that elevated experience for our players and coaches with a brand-new experience for our spectators in a 500-seat stadium! The addition of locker rooms, restrooms, concession, a press box, patio seating, and more, will spark the excitement of the new and improved atmosphere.

Few communities embrace the collaborative spirit we have witnessed from the inception of this project. Generous donors have surrounded us with support in our $3.9 million pursuit of athletic expansion, including a matching gift of up to $1.4 million from Ariel Foundation. Your financial support of the stadium is an investment in MVNU, the educational and spiritual growth of our students, and the collaborative vision of a community that has embraced and supported our mission for over 50 years.

As of Feb. 22, 2022, we have raised 77 percent of our goal. You can make a difference and move us closer to our goal by taking advantage of our remaining naming opportunities or donating today.



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Interested in one of our naming opportunities, but need more information? Contact James Smith at

Naming Opportunity Available Gift
Stadium 1 Reserved
Field 1 $500,000
Press Box 1 Reserved
Community Fields 1 Reserved
Lights 1 $150,000
Ticketing & Concessions Area 1 $75,000
Scoreboard 1 Reserved
Locker Rooms 2 $75,000
Individual Locker 60 $1,500
Training Room 1 $50,000
Pavilion/Picnic Shelter 1 Reserved
Party Patio 1 Reserved
All Seating 1 $50,000
Home Stands 1 Reserved
Away Stands 1 $25,000
Home Team Shelter/Bench 1 Reserved
Seat in Shelter 12 $1,500
Away Team Shelter/Bench 1 $15,000
Seat in Shelter 12 $1,500
Bench with Placard 5 Reserved
Tree with Placard 50 $1,000
Entry Brick Paver   Unlimited   $500
Donor Recognition Wall
Championship $350,000+
Leadership $100,000-$349,999
Partnership $50,000-$99,999
Fellowship $10,000-$49,999
Sponsorship $5,000-$9,999
Friendship $1,000-$4,999

“Athletics is important to the future of MVNU’s long-term enrollment plans. It is also a part of a holistic education. The Soccer and Lacrosse Stadium will further enhance our capacity to attract quality student-athletes. We are especially excited to work in partnership with the local community, as this project unfolds.”
MVNU President, Dr. Henry W. Spaulding II

“The dream is big, but we can already see the excitement about this project across our campus and around this community. We are excited to see this dream become a reality for MVNU and another signature athletic venue for our local community.”
Rev. James Smith, Vice President for University Relations

MVNU announces construction of Phase 2 of soccer and lacrosse stadium

Updated Sep 27 2021

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — Mount Vernon Nazarene University soccer and lacrosse fans will be cheering on the Cougars from the stands of a new stadium in the fall of 2022. Phase 2 of the project will start in the coming days and is expected to be finished in summer 2022.

Women’s lacrosse coming to MVNU athletics

Updated Nov 01 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio — In keeping with its commitment to athletic expansion, Mount Vernon Nazarene University has announced the addition of women’s lacrosse for the 2021-22 season as part of the Women’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association.