A week ago today on June 13 the official groundbreaking was held for Malek Soccer Stadium, the new state-of-the-art facility that will be the home of Army men’s and women’s soccer. The groundbreaking was attended by a number of leaders from throughout the academy, including West Point Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr.
The stadium is going to be a highlight among the facilities on campus. There will be an elevated, multi-level press box with expanded room for radio broadcasting and an open platform for cameras. These are important additions to the new stadium because the game coverage becomes instantly better. There will also be new, individual cushioned seating at centerfield for premium spectators. Finally the new project will give the stadium a look that fits with this era and that will complement the existing buildings in the area.
The stadium has been fully funded by Frederick V. Malek (USMA ’59). Malek has had a long career in business and public servie, having served as president of both Marriott Hotels and Northwest Airlines, along with being an advisor to four U.S. Presidents. Malek has also supported the Malek Tennis Center as well as the O'Meara, Malek, Dawkins, Class of 1959 Strength Development Center in the Kimsey Complex.
"Giving back to West Point, it's not been a duty, it's more than a calling, it's more than an obligation, it's just a feeling you have," Malek said. "Because those of us who came here and got so much out of this place despite the fact that it was as tough as it was, we went away with something that you can't get anywhere else."
It is important that Army continues to develop, fund and build these kinds of facilities at West Point. The more high level athletic facilities a school has the easier it is to sway recruits that are on the fence and deciding between two schools. Sponsors also become easier to attract and conferences are much more likely to put tournaments or championship games in newer facilities, which in turn benefits the local economy.
The design plans for this stadium look fantastic and if the finished product is to those specs then the whole Army community will have another facility to be proud of.