Grizzlies set for historic intercollegiate games August 25

The Gwinnett community will finally hear the roar of the Grizzlies.

Georgia Gwinnett College will open its first year of intercollegiate competition Aug. 25 when its men’s and women’s soccer teams take the field against Tennessee Temple University, at home.

Action begins at 1 p.m. on the soccer fields adjacent to campus housing, with head coach Domenic Martelli’s women’s squad first battling the Crusaders. Then, at 3 p.m., the Grizzly men under head coach Steve DeCou take on TTU.

The games are the culmination of over two years of planning and development for varsity athletics.

“This kickoff has been a long time in the making and is the result of hard work from a lot of committed people,” Dr. Darin S. Wilson, director of Athletics said. “We are thrilled about what lies ahead for our programs and we can’t wait to finally see our student-athletes in action in Grizzly green and gray.”

GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman will commemorate both games and conduct the pre-game coin tosses.

Limited bleacher seating is available at the field, but fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the action. Ample free parking is available near the campus entrance off Tree Creek Boulevard (see map below). Admission is free.

Food and drinks will be available for purchase at a concession stand adjacent to the field. GGC fans who arrive early to the event will receive a commemorative Georgia Gwinnett Grizzlies Inaugural Season cup.

The GGC Office of Student Involvement will host an Aug. 24 Spirit Day celebration for students, faculty and staff to get ready for the Grizzlies’ first kick. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Dining Hall Patio behind the student center and feature Grizzly soccer coaches, players and fan giveaways.

The Grizzlies’ opening weekend marks the first of 18 games on the inaugural schedule for each of GGC’s soccer teams. Both teams are slated to play nine home contests on campus.  Games will be played on the college’s intramural fields until construction is complete on its $13.5M Varsity Athletics Complex.

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