All fields used for the Elite Soccer Academy are located on Virginia Tech's Campus. With a wide variety of facilities, Virginia Tech features some of the best playing surfaces in the country. All campers will use the newly sodded Bermuda grass Soccer Stadium, practice training fields (grass and field turf for all playing conditions) and will have access to Rector Field House (indoor soccer complex).
Virginia Tech’s indoor practice facility fits in perfectly with the other buildings on the university’s sprawling campus – from its color to its design features to its architectural touches. The facility was built by Hokies, for Hokies and paid for by Hokies.
The facility, built by W.M. Jordan Company – a company whose CEO is John Lawson, a 1975 graduate of Tech – cost $21.3 million and was finished in the summer of 2015. It possesses all the features befitting of a nationally ranked football program, while also being flexible enough to help certain Olympic sports.
Tech’s facility is 210 feet wide and 400 feet long, with an artificial surface installed by Shaw Sports Turf. The synthetic turf is fast, firm and dense. The company boasts the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens as one of its clients, having installed the surface at M&T Bank Stadium, the Ravens’ home.
The height from the playing surface to the bottom of the steel ceiling trusses is more than 86 feet at its apex, thus allowing plenty of room for punting and kicking. Its’ eight-foot padded walls, wide sidelines, full scoreboard and 40-second clocks on each end allow the football program to hold a full-contact scrimmage.
In addition, the facility features garage-type doors, which open quickly and allow the players to move rapidly from the outdoor practice field into the indoor facility in the event of inclement weather. Tech’s staff, though, uses the facility more than just when the weather turns ugly.
The facility also features a video platform that runs the entire length of the field. Three doors at separate locations lead out to observation decks to allow the video staff to film the portions of practice being held outdoors. The head coach also has his own observation deck in the facility, with a door that leads to a deck outside for the observation of the outdoor portion of a practice.
All overnight campers will stay on campus in the student dorms, conveniently located near all dining halls and soccer facilities. The dorms are air conditioned and newly renovated. Campers stay two to a room. There are two twin beds in each room. Roommates should be requested by each other to ensure roommate assignment.
The Elite Soccer Academy is pleased to offer some of the best dinning in the country to our camp participants. Virginia Tech serves the best food in the nation, according to The Princeton Review’s "Best 371 Colleges: 2010 Edition”. The university’s Dining Services also received a No. 1 ranking for “Best Campus Food” in 2008 from the Princeton Review, and was honored with the prestigious Ivy Award from “Restaurants and Institutions” magazine. Virginia Tech's award winning dinning facilities will offer a wide variety of nutritious meals at the newly renovated D2, which features "all-you-can-eat" dining.
All recruiting seminars and video sessions will be held in the high tech, 130-seat Merryman Auditorium located in the Merryman Center. The Merryman Center is the main entrance to the athletic department located directly across the street from the Virginia Tech soccer facilities.
Once in Blacksburg, use the 460 bypass around the downtown area. Follow 460 to the signal at Southgate Drive (Va. 314). Turn right onto campus. Take the second left onto Spring Road. You will pass Lane Stadium on your right as your drive up Spring Road. As you go further, Cassell Coliseum will be on your right (the big domed building with arches on the side) and our soccer stadium and practice fields are on your left, alongside the Cassell parking lot.
Visitor Parking Passes may be picked up at the Visitor Center at 965 Prices Fork Road. Parking is free on the weekends, but a pass is necessary on weekdays. We will also have passes available to hand out to registrants as they arrive for summer camp. ESA will not be responsible for tickets given that day.
Information regarding visiting Virginia Tech may also be found at the following link:
The visitor center is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. We recommend going to the Visitor's Center if you wish to visit campus prior to registration check-in. You may also pick up a Visitor's Parking Pass there.
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