The McCaskill Soccer Center on the University of North Carolina campus was dedicated in a gala ceremony on April 11, 1999. Attending the event were members of the Rams Club as well as other North Carolina soccer enthusiasts and donors to the building project. Construction on the 6,600-square-foot soccer facility was completed shortly before its dedication.
The McCaskill Soccer Center is located on the same site as the former soccer offices adjacent to Fetzer Field. The old soccer offices were located in a building called the UNC Soccer Hut that dated back to the original construction in 1935. The new structure honored the McCaskill family, long-time supporters of Tar Heel athletics.
The two-story structure accommodates varsity men’s and women’s soccer locker rooms on the first floor as well as a common team meeting room between the dressing areas. The second floor houses coaches’ offices for both sports as well as a conference room.
Carolina has one of the richest traditions in collegiate soccer, both men and women. The men’s team attained varsity status in 1947 under legendary coach Marvin Allen. The Tar Heel men have suffered only one losing season since 1957. Carolina appeared in the NCAA Tournament 18 times in the last 25 years. One of the high water marks for the Tar Heel men’s team came in 1987 when UNC claimed the ACC championship and advanced to the NCAA semifinals under the direction of coach Anson Dorrance.
Under the direction of head coach Elmar Bolowich, the Tar Heel men’s team made great strides during the 1999 season, earning the first NCAA bid in five years. The 2000 season was an amazing one for UNC men’s soccer as Carolina claimed the ACC championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals. Carolina went one better in 2001, earning the first NCAA men’s soccer championship in school history. UNC also advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals in 2005 and in 2008 the Tar Heels advanced all the way to the NCAA championship game as the tournament’s No. 13 seed. In 2009, Carolina made a return to the NCAA College Cup, falling on penalty kicks in the semifinals. The 2010 Tar Heels made it three College Cups in a row, advancing on penalty kicks in the second and third rounds and the NCAA quarterfinals. After Carlos Somoano took over as head coach in 2011, the Tar Heels went on to capture their second NCAA title in school history.
Coach Anson Dorrance’s women’s teams have comprised one of the most amazing dynasties in college athletics. The Tar Heels have won 21 national championships in the 31 years in which tournaments have been held. The women have an all-time record of 728-44-26. The women have an incredible record of 308-17-8 at Fetzer Field. In 19 of the past 28 years, Carolina has had at least one player chosen National Player of the Year by a soccer organization. Eight Tar Heels were members of the U.S. National Team that won the title at the 1999 Women’s World Cup championship and four played on the 2008 Olympic Team that claimed a gold medal.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Board of Trustees approved the selection of NBBJ Architects of the Research Triangle Park to design the project. Estimated cost of construction was approximately $1.7 million. The project was funded through Athletic Department funds and Rams Club gifts. The building was named in honor of Bud and Mildred McCaskill, long-time benefactors of the University.
Together, Fetzer Field and the McCaskill Soccer Center give Carolina two of the best facilities in collegiate soccer.
FROM VIRGINIA AND POINTS NORTH Take I-85 South to Durham, N.C. Exit left at US-15/501 in Durham and follow 15/501 approximately 9 miles to Chapel Hill. Once in Chapel Hill, maintain 15/501 Bypass (Fordham Blvd.). Around the 7th stoplight, turn right on Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road until first road on left. Turn left onto Stadium Drive and continue until Stadium ends on South Road. Turn right on South Road. Go through traffic light; Fetzer Field is on left behind Carmichael Auditorium.
FROM POINTS WEST Take I-85 North towards Durham, N.C. Exit just past Burlington onto NC-54 East (exit #148, Chapel Hill). Follow NC-54 for approximately 20 miles to Carrboro. Go through two stoplights and stay on NC-54 until the next stoplight. Turn left at light onto Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road until first road on left. Turn left onto Stadium Drive and continue until Stadium ends on South Road. Turn right on South Road. Go through traffic light; Fetzer Field is on left behind Carmichael Auditorium.
FROM POINTS EAST Take I-40 West to Chapel Hill. Exit at NC-54 West (exit #273 A) and follow for approximately 4 miles. After the US-15/501 overpass, continue straight on NC-54 into campus. Fetzer Field is 1/3 mile on left behind Carmichael Auditorium before 3-way stoplight.
FROM POINTS SOUTH Take US-15/50 North to Chapel Hill. Exit right onto 15/501 Bypass in Chapel Hill. Turn left at first stoplight onto Manning Drive. Continue on Manning until first stoplight. Turn right at light onto Ridge Road. Continue on Ridge Road until first road on left. Turn left onto Stadium Drive and continue until Stadium ends on South Road. Turn right on South Road. Go through traffic light; Fetzer Field is on left behind Carmichael Auditorium.