EUGENE, Ore. - The University of Oregon formally broke ground today on a new women's soccer and lacrosse complex that not only will replace the existing Pape Field but will enhance the amenities available to the two women's programs.

The site of the current facility, which first opened in 1997 at the west end of the Len Casanova Center, will serve as part of the location for the Casanova expansion and extended football facilities that is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2013.

The new soccer and lacrosse facility, located south of PK Park in the east parking lot of Autzen Stadium, is anticipated to be ready for use during the summer of 2012.

As a result of the construction, Oregon's women's lacrosse team will play its 2012 spring season on one of the University's Physical Education and Recreation turf fields west of Hayward Field.

The new women's facility and Casanova Center expansion will be funded through private philanthropy and will include no use of public, state or general university fund dollars.

The championship-caliber women's soccer and lacrosse facility will provide an unequaled fan experience, and is expected to provide seating for close to 900 spectators.

The project will include a 12,000-square foot structure that will contain separate coaches' offices and locker room suites for both programs, as well as a shared meeting/video room. Enhancing the student-athletes experience will be locker-room access in close proximity to the synthetic turf playing surface.

Amenities to the women's first-class facility for spectators will include a pre-game event village that will include ticketing, concessions and restrooms also accessible for tailgaters that will enhance the Ducks' fan experience during football game-day activities.

The facility is designed to continue the University's commitment to sustainability as they will be built to exceed the Oregon State Energy Efficiency Design (SEED) standards.