New soccer complex improves playing experience for students

The new Overland Park Soccer Complex, voted for by Johnson County residents last year, opened earlier this month.
The complex cost nearly $36 million and features 12 lighted, regulation size, turf fields, covering 96 acres of land.
The Manager of Soccer Complex Operations, Mike Laplante, is very pleased with how things have gone during the first few weeks of operation.
“We’re very excited about the opening of the new complex,” Laplante said.
He says that the biggest difference is in the fields.
“Since they’re turf, we are able to play regardless of the weather,” he said. “And all the fields are lit, so that allows teams to play well into the evening.”
The new fields made drastic improvements for practices and games.
“I feel like our team accomplishes more with all the new equipment,” sophomore Olivia Roudebush said.
Roudebush is pleased with the overall effect of the new complex.
“Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect,” she said. “But right when I first walked on that field, I was amazed.”
By Jordan McEntee