At Hope, all members of the college community have the opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics or intramural sports—one important reason that many students choose to come here. These experiences contribute to the overall development of each individual, and Hope is committed to maintaining an atmosphere and facilities that will strengthen this dimension of college life. A Greater Hope provides an opportunity to act on that commitment.
The Van Andel Soccer Stadium, home of Hope College’s men’s and women’s soccer teams, joined Hope’s other signature facilities in 2009 as one of the finest soccer stadiums in the nation for a college of Hope’s size. Funded by a leadership gift from David ’83 and Carol ’81 Van Andel, as well as contributions from friends of Hope, the stadium not only serves the college but provides a first-rate facility for the entire Holland sports and recreation community.
The world-class, state-of-the-art facility seats 1,400 fans and includes two locker rooms, training and meeting rooms, a concession stand, and a press box. The stadium has also hosted MHSAA soccer tournament games.
Hope College worked closely with Global Sports and Tennis Facility Design consultants and in conjunction with GMB Architects and GDK Construction to enhance athletic facilities, with 12 outdoor tennis courts located northeast of the Holland Municipal Stadium called the Vande Poel – Heeringa Stadium Courts. The stadium was completed in summer of 2012, see photos of the project construction. Lead gifts were secured to fund this project at a total construction cost of $2.2 million, plus an additional 25 percent endowment to maintain the courts. Naming opportunities range from the plaza ($500,000) to individual courts ($50,000 each).
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Gifts of $5,000 of more will be recognized on a centrally located donor wall.
For each new building project, the college seeks an endowment of 25 percent of the construction cost.
There was a great need for these new outdoor courts, as Hope did not own or operate outdoor tennis courts. The plans took into account necessary features to host college tournaments and will benefit the Hope and Holland communities for decades to come.
The new tennis facility was constructed using the post tension concrete method covered by a DecoTurf surface, with a guarantee not to crack for 25 years. Elevated spectator seating with room for storage and gathering underneath enhances the area for players and spectators.
Fencing protects the covered space and include wind screens to allows players to walk behind the fencing to get to any court and to cross underneath the elevated seating area.
Baseball and Softball Stadiums
The baseball and softball stadiums at the Buys Athletics Complex were renovated in 2008 and named in honor of four people who have long been involved in the life of the college. The softball stadium is named in honor of Karla Hoesch Wolters, longtime Hope softball coach, and her husband, Tom. Both are graduates of the Hope College class of 1973. The baseball stadium is named in honor of Ronald Boeve, Hope College class of 1953 and an assistant baseball coach for nearly a quarter of century, and his wife, Sonya (Sunny). The renovation included the installation of permanent stands for fans, allowing an unobstructed view of the playing fields. New press boxes and dugouts have also been constructed. The softball stadium seating accommodates approximately 250, and the baseball stadium has seating for about 300. Each area has a patio suitable for tailgating.
When we envisioned a stadium in this natural setting, we knew it would be special. In reality it has far exceeded our expectations. We are so very grateful to David and Carol Van Andel for their vision and generosity in making this project come to such marvelous fruition.
—Dr. James E. Bultman, President of Hope College