For the last 10 years, the Memphis men's and women's soccer programs have been able to call one of the premier soccer facilities in the country their home. The Mike Rose Soccer Complex (MRSC), a world-class facility featuring a 2,500-plus seat stadium, has facilitated the growth of men's and women's soccer at the University of Memphis. Since the move to MRSC in 2001, the men's and women's programs have four C-USA conference championships to their name and have recorded a combined 10 seasons with 10 or more wins.
The state-of-the-art facility sits on 136.17 acres and houses 16 FIFA dimension fields equipped with Bermuda grass, superior playing surface complete with underground drainage, sprinkler systems and lighted playing fields. Accompanying these fields are fully paved walkways, easily accessible parking, restrooms, covered pavilions, picnic and recreation areas and a three-acre lake. It is a definite asset to both the Tiger and Lady Tiger soccer programs.
"The facility has helped us in recruiting some of the better players in the region to our program," said men's head coach Richie Grant.
Participant facilities within the main stadium structure include showers and locker rooms, a food court, corporate skybox, full media services, administrative offices and a conference room.
"Being able to play at Mike Rose enables our program to compete with anyone facility-wise," said head women's coach Brooks Monaghan. "There may be some facilities that are similar or close to Mike Rose, but I honestly don't feel there are any better. As far as quality and atmosphere, Mike Rose is first class."
Located in southeast Shelby County, just east of the Memphis city limits, the Mike Rose facility has established itself as one of the premier soccer facilities in the Mid-South. In 2003, the MRSC was the host site for the Ford Conference USA Championship.
"We feel like Mike Rose is one of the best college soccer facilities in the country." Grant said. "The quality of the surface makes for entertaining soccer every night."