Lynn University officially broke ground on the Bobby Campbell Stadium on Feb. on the site of the future structure adjacent to the existing intramural field on campus.

“This incredible facility is a welcome addition to our stellar athletics program, and it will also allow Lynn to introduce men’s lacrosse to our roster of sports,” Lynn President Kevin M. Ross said. “It will also be the new home of Lynn’s eight-time national championship soccer teams, our most recent national championship title won by our men’s soccer team this past season.”

Many of the donors who made this project a reality were on hand to participate in the traditional golden shovel ceremony.The ceremony also included remarks by lead donor Bobby Campbell and Matt DiCerbo, captain and goalkeeper of the men’s soccer team.

Having received his undergraduate degree from Lynn and about to finish up his master’s, Matt DiCerbo, goalkeeper and captain of the national championship team, said “these have been the best years of my life and for student-athletes this is a dream come true.” He did admit he’s a bit jealous of the future players who will be playing in the new stadium. “As a matter of fact,” he joked, “I’m looking for some loopholes to secure my eligibility.” He also thanked his mom, Diane DiCerbo, math professor and director of academic advising at Lynn, who helped spearhead raising the money for the Kyle Conrad locker room.

After the traditional groundbreaking shovel ceremony, guests were treated to a unique exhibition of defensive prowess by the two guest goalkeepers: President Ross and Senior Vice President for Administration Malfitano, who donned soccer jerseys and gloves and fielded balls from members of each of the men’s and women’s soccer teams. Malfitano is no stranger to Lynn’s soccer turf as he was a member of Lynn’s soccer team from 1971 – 1973.

Construction of the stadium, a lighted facility to include covered stands with a plaza area and seating for 500 spectators designed by the Gensler architectural firm, will begin in April 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by January 2014, in time for Lynn’s inaugural lacrosse season.

While concluding his remarks, Ross pointed out that last year the men’s soccer team soccer lost the national championship in a heartbreaking double overtime. “Their win this year is a storybook ending,” he said. “And what better way to celebrate our university’s 50th anniversary than with such a milestone championship title.”  And he said they will just have to “do it again” once the Bobby Campbell Stadium becomes their new home.

See photos from the groundbreaking ceremony on Facebook.